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Three of a family killed in cross LoC shelling in Poonch: Officials

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Srinagar: Three members of a family were killed after armies of India and Pakistan exchanged gunfire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu on Friday evening.

Quoting officials a report by news agency GNS said that a shell landed on the house of Mohammad Rafiq in Karmara village adjacent to LoC in which the 58-year-old owner, his wife Rafia Bi (50) and son Irfan (15) died on the spot. In the incident, one person was also injured and he has been shifted to hospital for the treatment.

The officials said the shelling started at 9: 20 pm, to which Indian troops manning the LoC gave a “strong and befitting reply to unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops”.

Quoting officials from Pakistan, a report Published by a Hyderabad based newspaper Decan Chronicle, said that “Indian Army troops initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation in Rakhchikri and Baroh sectors along the LoC, targeting the civilian population. Two women, residents of Kirni and Gahi village were injured. There have been 1,697 ceasefire violations by Indian troops in 2020 to date”.

Earlier a day ago, Defence Minister of India Rajnath Singh reviewed the overall security situation in Jammu and Kashmir at a high-level meeting in Srinagar.

Singh, accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, Army Chief Gen MM Naravane, arrived in the afternoon following a visit to eastern Ladakh.

Besides Gen Rawat and Gen Naravane, the meeting was attended by Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor GC Murmu, Corps Commander of the Chinar Corps Lt Gen BS Raju and Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh.

 

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