In yet another provocative incident, the Pakistani troops violated ceasefire resorting to intense mortar shelling and firing of small arms on forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. In the firing, three civilians including a woman and her 10-day-old infant baby suffered serious injuries, as per reports.
"At about 1700 hours, Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing of small arms and intense shelling with mortars along the LoC in Shahpur and Saujiyan sectors in Poonch district," Jammu-based Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Army Lt Col Devender Anand said.
As per the police officials, the three members of a family - which included father, mother and the infant - suffered injured after being hit by splinters from mortar shells amid the ceasefire by Pakistan in Shahpur sector. While they were rushed to the nearest District Hospital, the infant succumbed to the injuries, while both the parents are said to be serious, as per reports. The family are resident of Shahpur village which is located close to Line of Control.
Amid the heavy shelling, a lot of damage was also caused to the civilian houses as well. The Indian Army gave a befitting reply to the ceasefire violation of the Pakistani Army.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Pakistan army had violated ceasefire in the Malti area of the Poonch sector and in the Mankot sector. On July 22, an Indian soldier was killed in Pakistani firing in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district, while a civilian was also injured in another incident of ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Poonch sector on July 20.