Indian Army lodges protest over LoC firing (Lead)

September 29th, 2010 - 7:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Jammu, Sep 29 (IANS) The Indian Army has lodged a strong protest with the Pakistani Army over the latter’s latest bout of unprovoked firing from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district Tuesday night, terming it as an act aimed at escalating tensions on the border.

Army sources said two soldiers were injured in Pakistani firing, which started late Tuesday night and continued till Wednesday morning.

Pakistani troops fired mortar shells and rockets at the Indian posts of Kripan, Kranti, Roza, Battal and other posts along the LoC in Krishna Ghati and Jhallas areas of Poonch, 240 km north of Jammu.

The Indian side too retaliated to this “unprovoked firing”, according to the army sources.

The Indian Army suspected that the Pakistani Army was seeking to push in militants from across the LoC into the Indian side. But the army sources claimed that the attempt was foiled by the vigilant soldiers.

Meanwhile, the local commanders held a flag meeting at a forward post in Poonch. The Indian side conveyed in strong terms that the repeated violation of ceasefire and firing from across the LoC were causing tensions.

Pakistani side denied, but the Indian commander insisted that Pakistan should accept the truth and desist from such acts, the sources said.

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