In the sixth instance of ceasefire violation in April, Pakistani military fired on Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Authorities ordered to shut schools in Naushera area for time being due to indiscriminate firing by Pakistani troops.
According to reports, Pakistani military fired from automatic weapons and shelled mortars on forward posts of Indian army.
No casualty has been reported so far in the ceasefire violation. Indian security forces retaliated and the exchange was continuing till last reports came in.
“Pakistani Army fired indiscriminately from small arms and automatic weapons and resorted to mortar shelling from 0800 hours today on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Naushera belt of Rajouri district,” a defence spokesman told the PTI.
On April 8, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir by resorting to firing on forward posts.
On April 5, ceasefire violation took place along the LoC in Poonch district.
On April 4, Pakistani Army fired mortar shells on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Bhimbher Gali sector of Rajouri district.
On April 3, Pakistani troops had shelled mortar bombs on forward posts in Balakote sector of Rajouri district. In the second ceasefire violation on April 3, Pakistani troops had shelled Indian posts along the LoC in Digwar area in Poonch sector.
In the same area, a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), Naib Subedar S Sanayaima Som, was killed in an improvise explosive device (IED) blast along the LoC in Poonch sector on April 1.
Dozens of people have been injured in anti-India protests and clashes between Kashmiri students and government forces in the disputed Himalayan region
The protests began in Indian-controlled Kashmir’s key city of Srinagar when hundreds of college students took to the streets to protest a police raid in a college in southern Pulwama town on Saturday, in which at least 50 students were injured.
Police said the first clash occurred after officers tried to stop hundreds of students from marching in the city’s main commercial hub. The students were chanting slogans “Go India, go back” and “We want freedom.”
The protests soon spread to several colleges in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir, leading to pitched battles between rock-throwing students and government forces firing shotgun pellets and tear gas.
Kashmiris have been seething with anger since April 9, when eight people were killed by government troops during clashes on a polling day for India’s parliament seat. Only about 7 percent of the area’s nearly 1.3 million voters cast ballots, the lowest turnout in elections over the past five decades.
Rivals India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim the Himalayan territory in its entirety.
Since 1989, rebel groups have been fighting for independence from India or its merger with Pakistan. About 70,000 people have been killed in the rebel uprising and a subsequent Indian military crackdown.