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5 civilians killed in mortar shelling by Pakistan along LoC in J&K

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Srinagar

Five members of a family were killed and two others injured in Pakistani troops firing and mortar shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Balakote sector of border district of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.

Deputy Commissioner Poonch, Tariq Zargar told New Indian Express that a mortar shell fired by Pakistani troops hit a residential house of Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan in Lower Devta area of Balakote sector in Poonch district today morning. He said five members of the family were killed and two others injured in the incident.

The injured have been evacuated, Zargar said.

He said the Pakistani troops firing and mortar shelling was going on when reports last poured in.

The deceased were identified as 35-year-old Mohammad Ramzan S/o Abdullaha, his wife Malika Bi, 32, and their three sons 14-years-old Abdul Rehman, 12-years-old Mohammad Rizwan and 7-years-old Razaq Ramzan.

The shelling from across the border in Balakote sector began early in the morning following ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Army.

Forward posts along the LoC and the nearby village of Devta Dhar were targeted, a police official told media. A shell hit the house of Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan, killing his family of five. Two injured persons have been taken to a hospital in Jammu for specialised treatment.

“Due to shelling from across in Balakote sector of Poonch, 5 civilians died and 2 are injured who are being shifted to the hospital,” Jammu and Kashmir DGP S P Vaid told media.

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Indian troops responded strongly and both sides are exchanging heavy fire, a police official said.

On Wednesday, a jawan was injured in Pakistani firing on Dharti village in Balakote sector.

The injured have been identified as Nasreen Kouser, 11 and Mehreen Kousar, 5, daughters of Mohammad Ramzan.

Defence spokesman said the Pakistani troops breached border ceasefire in Balakote sector at around 7.45 am.

He said the Pakistani troops are targeting the civilian areas.

The spokesman said army men is also effectively returning the fire from the similar caliber weapons.

There has been surge in ceasefire violations by the Pakistani troops along the LoC and International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir this year.

Meanwhile, the Pakistani troops have also breached border ceasefire in Rajouri sector and are targeting army positions and civilian areas with gunfire and mortar shells.

 

(Box) Appropriate action will be taken, says MoS in PMO Jitendra Singh (Box)

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New Delhi

Union Minister of State (MoS) in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh on Sunday assured that appropriate action will be taken in regard to the death of five civilians in the ceasefire violation by Pakistan.

“The defence ministry and home ministry will take cognizance of such things. Our security forces are also retaliating, we should be rest assured that appropriate action will be taken,” Singh told reporters here. Earlier in the day, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Balakote sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, killing five civilians including three children and injuring two.

Five members of a family were today killed and two others injured in heavy shelling by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Balakote sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, a senior police officer said. Army PRO Lt Col Devender Anand said the ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Bimber Gali started around 0745 hours. They are specifically targeting civilian areas,” he said. Director General of Police S P Vaid in a tweet said, “Due to shelling from across (LoC) in Balakote sector of Poonch, 5 civilians of a family died & 2 are injured who are being shifted to hospital”.

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