Guns fall silent along LoC

Migrants in relief camps rise to 3361

Jammu, Publish Date: Jun 19 2017 2:24AM | Updated Date: Jun 19 2017 2:24AM
Guns fall silent along LoC

Guns have been silent along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir for the last 24 hours even as the number of border residents fleeing their homes for relief camps to escape Pakistani firing has gone up to 3,361.

"There has been no firing and shelling by the Pakistani Army in over 24 hours. An eerie silence is prevailing along the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri district," a senior Army officer said.

There is still tension among border residents in the twin districts over the sudden firing by Pakistani troops.

On the night of June 16, Pakistan had violated ceasefire by firing on forward posts along the LoC in Rajouri district, killing an Indian Army jawan, police said Naik Bakhtawar Singh who was injured in shelling in Naushera sector, succumbed to his wounds while being evacuated to military hospital. There have been six ceasefire violations in the past three days along the LoC and the IB in Jammu region. Since June 1, there have been a total of 17 ceasefire violations in which one civilian was killed and seven others were injured.

Two Pakistani soldiers were on Wednesday killed in retaliatory fire by the Indian Army after they targeted forward posts and civilians areas along the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch districts.