J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire, 2 Jawans killed in encounter

Pakistan violated ceasefire by targeting forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera sector around 5.15 pm, news agency reported.   Other side,  senior police officer and an armyman lost their lives and two soldiers including a Major were injured in a five-hour encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Sunday. Three terrorists have been killed, police said.

“At about 1715 hours (5.15 pm), Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by shelling with mortars and firing of small arms along the LoC in Nowshera sector,” a defence spokesperson told leading news agency.

“Pakistan continues with its nefarious designs along (the) LoC. Indian Army is retaliating strongly and effectively,” the spokesperson said in a brief statement.The security forces retaliated effectively. On Saturday too, Pakistan resorted to ceasefire violation in Rajouri district.

The encounter comes amid high tension in the Kashmir Valley following the terror strike on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama and security forces are facing the brunt of the mob anger. Nearly 1000 people are near the encounter site, pelting stones at the security forces. The mop-up operations are on but so far, the body of only one terrorist has been recovered.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Aman Kumar Thakur, who was killed in the encounter, was leading the police team from the front. The 2011-batch officer from the Jammu and Kashmir Police Services was posted in Kulgam for the last two years and had been heading the counter terrorism wing of the state police in the area.

The heavy stone pelting, usually meant to hamper the operations and help holed-up terrorists escape, started soon after the encounter began.

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