One jawan was injured when Pakistani troops violated the border truce by resorting to unprovoked firing for several hours as BSF personnel foiled two infiltration bids in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.

The latest ceasefire violation came even as the country was celebrating the Republic Day. There were 16 infiltration bids and six truce violations along the Indo-Pak border in this month.

A large group of militants taking benefit of thick fog intruded into Indian territory in Alfa Machail border out post (BOP) in Kanachak sub-sector, 25 kms from here, at around 0200 hours, a senior BSF officer told PTI.

However, alert BSF patrol parties picked up the movement of the militants and challenged them, after which the ultras opened fire resulting to fierce exchanges, he said.

The Pakistani troops also opened firing apparently to give cover to the infiltrating militants, but BSF troops foiled their plan and the militants fled back, he said.

There was heavy firing from the Pakistan side at around 0615 hours in the same area and BSF troops took positions and fired back, he said adding that one jawan Head Constable P. Thomas was injured in the firing and hospitalised.

The authorities put the Army on alert to assist BSF as there was heavy exchange of fire.

“The exchanges continued for several hours and came to a halt at around 1200 hours,” he said adding massive search and fence-checking operations are on.

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