Two militants were killed in a fierce encounter as the Army successfully foiled an infiltration bid in Naugam sector of the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, Press Trust of India reported on Saturday. “An infiltration bid was foiled by alert troops along the LoC in Naugam sector. Two infiltrating terrorists were killed,” an army official told PTI. The officer also told PTI that two soldiers attained martyrdom in the operation, which was continuing till last reports were received. The encounter comes amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan. Recently, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said that terrorism from across the border is aimed against India and its sovereignty. “Terrorism and militancy is aimed against Indian state, it’s sovereignty and also against people of J&K,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. He added that separatists are being funded from across the border, he had said, “It was known they (separatists) were being funded from across the border. Concerned agencies will take whatever action is needed.”
Pakistan on Wednesday violated ceasefire in Balakot sector in Jammu and Kashmir, according to ANI report. The report had said that neighbouring country has resorted to shelling and firing for the fourth consecutive day on forward posts and civilian areas along the LoC in Rajouri district even as nearly 1,700 people have been evacuated from shelling-hit areas. Between Monday-Wednesday earlier this week, Pakistani troops continued overnight shelling along the LoC in three belts of Rajouri district. A PTI report said that firing and shelling has affected over 10,000 people.
An earlier report had said that firing from Pakistani side had killed two civilians and injuring three. Pakistan has resorted to firing and shelling along LoC and International Border (IB) in Rajouri and Jammu districts for the past one week since May 10. On May 10, when troops shelling Nowshera had reportedly killed a woman and injured two persons including her husband.