Fresh exchange of fire along LoC in Poonch sector

Last Updated: Sat, Jan 12, 2013 19:22 hrs

Jammu: Indian and Pakistani troops traded heavy gunfire along the line of control in Poonch sector after the movement of a group of suspected infiltrators was detected on Saturday night.

"There was a movement of 6 to 7 persons close to LoC opposite Krishagati sub-sector in Poonch sector at around 9.45pm", defence spokesman Col R K Palta said.

There was no immediate report of casualty or injury on the Indian side.

Indian troops opened fire on the suspected infiltrators, the spokesman said adding that thereafter exchange of heavy fire took place.

After about half-an-hour of exchange of fire, the suspected infiltrators disappeared from the scene, Col Palta said.

The intensity of firing from both sides has reduced but is going on, he said.

It is suspected that either a groups of militants or Border Action Team (BAT) could have been undertaking movement close to LoC opposite Krishnagati sub-sector in Poonch on Saturday night.

The eruption of exchange of fire on Saturday night broke a lull of 48 hours.

Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire by firing mortars shells and from small arms on Indian posts along LoC in Krishnagati sector of Poonch district on Thursday, the Defence spokesman said.

Thursday's was the third ceasefire violation by Pakistan troops along Poonch sector after the barbaric killing of two Indian jawans.

Condemning the brutal killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani forces along the Line of Control, former Army Chief General V K Singh on Saturday said that the government should harden its stand on the issue, as it was a clear violation of the Geneva Convention.

"The government should harden its stand on the hostility shown by Pakistani forces which claimed lives of two jawans.

The killing was against humanity and indeed a violation of our Geneva convention (which lays down how captured soldiers should be treated)," Gen Singh who arrived from Delhi on his way to Multai in Madhya Pradesh, told reporters on Saturday.

The public anger and protests all over the country against the killing of our jawans is justified, he said.

Amid increased tension along the LoC after three days of exchange of fire, Defence Minister A K Antony had on Friday said there were enough troops in J&K and the government was taking all steps to protect the interest of the country.

On Tuesday, Pakistani soldiers crossed into the Indian territory in Poonch sector and ambushed an Indian patrol killing two soldiers, one of whom was decapitated.

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