Srinagar, Oct 30: A civilian died and seven others were injured when Pakistani troops violated ceasefire and resorted to indiscriminate firing and shelling at the Line of Control (LoC) in Machil sector in the frontier district of Kupwara on Wednesday.
Official sources said that Pakistani troops fired mortar shells and resorted to indiscriminate firing, targeting forward Army posts and civilian areas in Machil sector. 'Majority shells fell in the civilian areas,' they said, adding a person was killed and about seven others were injured.
They said several residential houses were also damaged in the shelling. 'Indian troops retaliated and hit Pak army posts, they said, adding that the exact damage suffered by enemy troops were not immediately clear.
Ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops at the LoC in Baramulla and Kupwara has witnessed increase during the past few months, particularly after August 5, when the Centre scrapped Article 370, besides division of the state into two Union Territories.
Two soldiers and a woman were killed in Pakistan shelling in Tanghdar sector in Kupwara on October 20, prompting retaliatory action by Army that according to Army Chief Bipin Rawat left seven to eight Pakistan troopers dead and three launch pads destroyed.
The sources said Pakistani troops are frequently violating ceasefire to help militants at launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) to infiltrate into this side before the upper reaches are closed due to snowfall.
Several hundred trained militants are waiting across the LoC to sneak into this side, they said, adding that troops guarding the LoC are already on high alert to foil any infiltration attempt.
However, they said security forces are already on high alert to foil any infiltration bids. Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh has recently said that some militants have sneaked into this side from PoK. However, he said, majority infiltration attempts were foiled. UNI