The first breach of truce was made around 11.30am with Pakistan resorting to unprovoked firing and heavy mortar shelling along the LoC, targeting forward Indian posts and civilian areas in Shahpur. The Army retaliated effectively and the initial exchange of fire continued till 12.50pm.
Around 4pm, Pakistan again violated the ceasefire and took to indiscriminate firing and intense shelling along the LoC. “Jahangir Ahmed, a resident of Shahpur’s Mendhar area, was hit by splinters when a mortar shell exploded near his house. He was hospitalised,” Poonch SSP Ramesh Angral said.
The cross-border exchange of fire continued intermittently till the time this report went to press.
Earlier in the day, IGP (Jammu Zone) Mukesh Singh visited Mendhar to review the security situation along the LoC after numerous terror hideouts were busted in the area recently. He was accompanied by DIG (Poonch-Rajouri Range) Vivek Gupta and Poonch SSP Ramesh Angral.
The trio visited KG Brigade headquarters and interacted with the brigade commander and other officers about the spate in ceasefire violations along the LoC. “Discussions were also held on the terror module of J&K Ghaznavi Force busted in the past few weeks, and guidelines were provided regarding the investigation of the case,” said a source. IGP Singh also inspected the recoveries of arms and ammunition made by security forces in Mendhar and discussed the information revealed by terrorist associates during interrogation.