Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district

At least five jawans were injured in heavy shelling by Pakistan across the Line of Control in Akhnoor Sector of Jammu & Kashmir on Tuesday, PTI reported. Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling at forward Indian posts in Nowshera and Mendhar areas.

Pointing out that the shelling was heavy, sources said that it restarted after a brief lull of less than 12 hours as earlier the Pakistani troops had resorted to unprovoked small arms fire and mortar shelling in Poonch’s Gulpur area from 12 midnight to 1.30 am Tuesday. While in adjoining Rajouri district’s Nowshera sector, Pakistani troops have been resorting to mortar shelling and small arms fire for past many days, the ceasefire violation in Akhnoor sector came after nearly three months.

The Indian army was retaliating at all the places, sources added. Sources said that Pakistani Rangers suddenly opened unprovoked small arms fire in Kananchak area forcing BSF to retaliate. One Ranger was killed, sources said, adding that exchange of fire was going on.

Meanwhile, Governor Satya Pal Malik reviewed the prevailing law and order situation in the state following the Operation conducted by the Indian Air Force against Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) camp in Balakot and directed all the forces to take effective measures to maintain public order and peace across the state. Complimenting people of the state for remaining composed and not getting unnecessarily alarmed, Governor directed the security forces to take all possible steps to ensure that civilians remain safe in case of any eventuallity. He also appealed to the people not to listen or believe rumours being circulated in social media or through other means.

Earlier, the Governor was briefed about the prevailing law and order and security situation in the state following the early morning IAF operations against JeM. He was informed that the life in both Kashmir Valley and in Jammu region was normal.

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