Fresh Skirmishes on LOC, JCO Killed

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SRINAGAR: In latest exchange of firing along the dividing Line of Control in north Kashmir on Monday, a junior commissioned officer (JCO) of the Indian army was killed.

JCO died when Pakistani troops Monday fired on an Indian army posts along the LoC in Uri Sector of Baramulla district.

A defence spokesman said that Pakistani troops armed with machine guns fired at troops of 8 Kumaon Regiment which is guarding the fence near Bhim Post in Uri sector during intervening night of Oct 27 and 28. “The Army retaliated and the exchange of firing continued through the night intermittently till this morning.”

Since October 14, the ceasefire violations have left two Indian soldiers dead and caused injuries to 18 people.

On June 19, Pakistani troops had opened fire on Indian posts in Poonch Sector while on June 10, Pakistan troops used small arms firing on Indian posts in Nangi Tikri forward area along LoC in Krishnagati sub-sector of Poonch.

Earlier on June 7, a JCO was killed when Pakistan opened heavy fire with automatic weapons and rockets on Indian posts along the LoC in Poonch sector.

A Brigadier and two soldiers were injured on May 24, when Pakistani troops opened fire on Indian positions along the LoC in Tutmari Gali sector in Jammu and Kashmir. 

Antony Reviews LoC Situation

The situation along the Line of Control and the International Border, which have been witnessing frequent ceasefire violations, came up for a review at a high-level meeting headed by Defence Minister A K Antony Monday. 

The issue of ceasefire violation was discussed at the meeting attended by National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon, Defence Secretary R K Mathur and the three Services chiefs, Defence Ministry officials said here. 

This year, there have been more than 140 ceasefire violations by the Pakistan Army along the LoC and the IB, and even today a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) of the Army was killed in the firing in Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir. 

The issue of ceasefire violations has been discussed between the DGMOs of the two countries more than twice in the last week where the Indian side is understood to have asked for a flag meeting between the BSF and its Pakistani counterparts. 

During the one-hour meeting, Antony was briefed by the army about the steps taken by it in the situation and its ways of handling ceasefire violations by the Pakistan Army.

The army has asked its local formation commanders to respond to any ceasefire violation in the strongest possible manner and adopt an aggressive stance there.

This is the first high-level review meeting chaired by the Defence Minister after the 15-day operation by the Army last month in Keran sector along the LoC over which questions have been raised. 

The meeting is also understood to have discussed the recently-signed Border Defence Cooperation Agreement with China to prevent any face-offs on the Line of Actual Control and its impact in addressing India’s concern there. Agencies

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