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India      Maoists kill one civilian in Jharkhand
India      Death toll rises to six in Chhattisgarh encounter
Nepal      UDMF cadre injured in clash with Police died in course of treatment in Banke District
Bangladesh      Three persons injured in attack by Samrat Khaja Bahini cadres in Dhaka city
India      Pakistan violates ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir
Pakistan      19 suspects arrested during Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad in Punjab
Bangladesh      Nine militants arrested from different places
India      Three extortionists arrested in Meghalaya
Sri Lanka      Ava Group leader arrested in Colombo
Bangladesh      SC upholds death penalty on HuJI-B leader Mufti Hannan and two others for attempting to kill British envoy to Bangladesh in 2004
India      Posters claiming Maoists pro-people found in Odisha
India      IS poster found in Bihar
India      Five Maoists, including a woman, surrendered in Andhra Pradesh
India      UNC lifts 139 days old economic blockade after tripartite talk in Manipur
India      Karbi Anglong-Dima Hasao Autonomous Statehood demand reiterated in KAAC session in Assam
Sri Lanka      TNA Spokesman insists on foreign judges in judicial mechanism to inquire into human rights violations during last stage of LTTE war
India      NSCN-IM leader Muivah arrives in Nagaland
Bangladesh      Stern stance of Government against militancy and terrorism will continue, says Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
Bangladesh      Extremists and terrorists to be eliminated with iron hand, says IGP AKM Shahidul Hoque

Pakistan violates ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir

Pakistan troops on March 19 violated ceasefire and resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing with automatic weapons in civilian areas and targeting forward posts of the Indian Army at Bhimber Gali (BG) and Balakote sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch District, reports Daily Excelsior. Official sources said Pakistan Army started shelling with two inch mortars and firing with automatic and semi automatic weapons in several forward areas falling under BG and Balakote sectors in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch District at 6 am on March 19. “Troops from this side retaliated effectively, leading to heavy exchanges that continued for 45 minutes. The firing and shelling from Pakistan side stopped after befitting retaliation was given by the Indian side to silence the guns of enemy troops and prevent civilian casualties and loss of property,” they said. There were no casualties of Army or civilians on the Indian side in Pakistani shelling and firing. Also, no major damage was reported as majority of mortar shells fired by Pakistan fell away from the civilian population and exploded harmlessly. However, Pakistan side claimed that a 60-year old woman was killed on their side at village Thandi in Kot Kehera sector opposite Bhimber Gali in retaliatory firing by the Indian troops.

Sources described ceasefire violation by Pakistan army as totally unprovoked. They didn’t rule out the possibility of Pakistan army trying to push militants from other parts of the LoC after firing in one sector. The troops were already maintaining high alert along the LoC in anticipation of infiltration attempts by the militants under the garb of ceasefire violations by Pakistan army, which was trying to facilitate intrusions by the militants.

Separately, a day after separatists asked voters to desist from participating in the bypolls to Srinagar and Anantnag parliamentary constituencies, Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Mohammad Yasin Malik was on March 18 arrested from his office in Srinagar, reports The Times of India. "A posse of Policemen raided Abi Guzar office of the JKLF in the heart of Srinagar and arrested Malik to desist him from spearheading the poll boycott campaign," a JKLF spokesman said.

Meanwhile, a Pakistani national, awaiting deportation after completing a jail term for illegally crossing the border, has been slapped with Public Safety Act (PSA) provisions and sent to the Kotbalwal jail in the district, the Police said on March 19, reports The Hindu. The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Home Department issued a warrant under the PSA against Khalid Parvez alias Junaid, and it was executed by the Samba Police, a Police official said. Khalid has been lodged in the Central Jail, he said, adding that the detenue was awaiting deportation to Pakistan after completing his sentence.






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