Line of Conflict: Over 8500 ceasefire violations claim 119 lives on LoC, IB in three years
Srinagar: For the last three years, Line of Control (LoC) has become a Line of Conflict with nine ceasefire violations taking place every day in Jammu and Kashmir.
In an RTI reply, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has revealed that 8571 ceasefire violations have taken place on LoC and International Border (IB) in the last three years. The RTI was filed by Jammu-based activist Raman Sharma.
At least 119 people have been killed in the ceasefire violations in the last three years. The slain include 63 civilians and 56 security force personnel. Around 308 civilians and 300 security force personnel were injured in these violations.
MHA said 3479 ceasefire violations were reported on LoC and IB in 2019. Around 18 civilians and 19 security force personnel were killed in the cross border shelling last year.
Till July 2020, 2952 incidents of ceasefire violations have been reported on the two borders. The cross border shelling has claimed the lives of 15 civilians and eight jawans this year so far. Besides, 38 civilians and 62 soldiers were injured in the violations.
MHA said Pakistan violated the peace pact on borders at least 11572 times and resorted to cross border fire in Jammu and Kashmir. More than 240 people were killed in the last 10 years. They include 122 civilians and 118 security force personnel. Around 673 civilians and 594 security force men were injured in the ceasefire violations for the last 10 years.
In 2010, only 70 ceasefire violations were reported on the borders that claimed the lives of two civilians and five security force personnel.
Udhampur-based Northern Command Headquarters of the army is responsible for the security of borders with Pakistan and China. It is also responsible for the counter militancy and counter-infiltration operations in Jammu and Kashmir.
The army is manning the 772 Km of Line of Control stretching from Poonch to Ladakh, 122 Km of Actual Ground Position Line (AGPL) at the world’s highest battlefield of Siachin, and 646 Km of Line of actual control (LAC) with China. BSF is guarding 192 Km of the International border (IB) with Pakistan in Jammu