Indian, Pak troops trade fire, intrusion bid ‘foiled’

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 7/26/2014 12:18:29 PM

MENDHAR, Jul 25: With not even a single day passing without any skirmishes on the International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) during last nine days, Pakistani Army Friday violated ceasefire in Mendhar and Balakote sectors with an aim to push a group of intruders from across the line of control in Poonch district.
Official sources said that Pakistani army fired at three Indian forward Posts Nole, Pilli and 485 FDL in Mendhar and Balakote respectively from their Hakkal Tree, Dubsy forward and Lanjiote forward Posts at 4.30 PM, this evening. The Pakistani troops 650 Mujahid Regiment opened fire with small arms and the jawans of 5 Grenadier Regiment deployed here effectively retaliated.
Intelligence reports suggest that a group of militants, taking advantage of fog and rain, tried to sneak into Indian under the garb of ceasefire violation. There were around 15 to 20 militants. They tried to sneak into Indian side but soldiers noticed their move as even during day time Night Vision Device (NVD) failed due to inclement weather and wild grown.
This is the third infiltration attempt in Balakote sector in less than three days.
There was low visibility in the area due to inclement and foggy weather condition.
Public Relations Officer (Defence) Jammu, however, claimed that Pakistan troops violated ceasefire on evening July 25, 2014 and continued to fire on Indian Posts in Mendhar sector.
“The enemy posts used small arms against own posts from 0450 PM till 0530 PM on July 25, 2014. Own posts gave a befitting reply by retaliatory fire. No damage and causality has been reported by own troops,” he added.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police, Rajouri-Poonch Range, A K Atri said, "There is no such information in this regard."



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