JK News Today
New Delhi, November 18
Pakistan has escalated the level of ceasefire violations at the Line of Control and international border in Jammu and Kashmir until November 14 this year as compared to the whole of the last year.
The Indian army responded to these violations effectively . During Pakistan firing and shelling , 12 civilians , eight soldiers four BSF personnel were killed in 2016 against six soldiers, four BSF men and 16 civilians killed last year. This information was given by minister of state for defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav and others in Lok Sabha today.
There were 152 ceasefire violations last year, while this year it has gone up to 167, the reply said.
The details of soldiers, civilians killed and injured during the said violations during the year 2015-16 are as under:-
|Year||Ceasefire Violations along Line of Control (LC) and International Border (IB) under operational control of Army
|Ceasefire Violations along International Border (IB) under operational control of BSF.|
(till 14th November)
(till 1st November)
The details of casualties in ceasefire violations are as under:-
|Year||Army personnel||BSF personnel||Civilians
|(till 14th November)||(till 1st November)||(till 10th November)|
Details of ex gratia lump sum compensation being paid to the Next of Kin (NoK) of Defence personnel are as under:-
|1.||Death in the course of duties attributable to acts of violence by terrorists, etc.||Rs.10 lakh||Rs.25 lakh|
|2.||Death occurring during enemy action in war or border skirmishes or in action against militants, terrorists, etc.||Rs.15 lakh||Rs.35 lakh|
|3.||Army Group Insurance Fund||Upto
|Officers||Rs.60 lakh||Rs.75 lakh|
|JCOs/Other Ranks||Rs.30 lakh||Rs.37.5 lakh|
Appropriate retaliation to the ceasefire violations, as required, has been carried out by Indian Army / BSF. In addition, all violations of ceasefire are taken up with Pakistan authorities at the appropriate level through the established mechanism of hotlines, flag meetings as well as weekly talks between the Directorate Generals of Military Operations of the two countries. BSF, too, holds talks at various levels with its counterpart viz. Pakistan Rangers.
Further, all forward posts along the Line of Control are adequately strengthened to withstand enemy fire. There is also a well-established Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to safeguard against enemy action to minimize the casualties.