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Civilian martyred in Indian firing at LoC

Civilian martyred in Indian firing at LoC

Four soldiers were killed and another injured in the shelling that was carried out by Pakistani army across the LOC (Line of Control) in the Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district.

"There was heavy shelling by Pakistan troops along LoC in Tarkundi and Manjakote sectors this evening", DC, Rajouri, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said. Pakistan said it retaliated after Indian forces killed two civilians and wounded several others.

Addressing to media, Lt Gen. Chand stated, "Pakistan army supports the terrorist in infiltration".

Mr Tiwari said in 44 months of the Modi government, there has been a almost 500 per cent rise of ceasefire violations by Pakistan and since the start of this year there have been as many as 160 such violations.

The army officer added that Pakistan has stepped up unprovoked firing and shelling in Kashmir since 23 December.

Veeri said the ceasefire violation was also reported from Sunderbani where one BSF personnel, Assistant Sub-Inspector Ajab Singh, sustained injuries.

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Apart from Kundu, others who died were identified as riflemen Ram Avtar and Shubam Singh, and havaldar Roshan Lal.

Referring to the latest incidents of cross-border firing in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri, the Minister said that the respective district administrations are taking all possible measures to avoid loss of life and property.

We raised the issue of continuous firing and shelling along LoC and IB wherein our soldiers are getting martyred every day and the civilian population is facing the brunt of the escalation of tension, Rana said. Official sources confirmed that there have been four fatal casualties on the Indian side in Bhimber Gali sector of Poonch district.

The Indian government's records show that Pakistan violated the ceasefire 840 times in 2017, and that since the beginning of this year alone, it has been responsible for 160 violations.

Pakistan also targeted the Shahpur sector of Poonch district.

The statement also said that heavy damage was inflicted on a Pakistani post in retaliatory action. People residing near LoC are moving to safer places amid fear of constant ceasefire violations.

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