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8-Month-Old Baby Killed In Pakistan Ceasefire Violation Along LoC In Jammu And Kashmir

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| May 22 , 2018 , 10:58 IST

The Centre may have called for a ceasefire within Jammu and Kashmir for the holy month of Ramzan, however, shelling from Pakistan, violating the ceasefire along the border lines continue, with the most recent victim being an innocent 8-month-old baby on Tuesday.

According to reports, the baby was killed when a stray bullet hit him during a ceasefire violation by Pakistan in the Keri Battal area of Akhnoor near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu on Tuesday. At the same day, Pakistani troops also violated ceasefire in the Arnia sector of Jammu and Kashmir.  

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Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir condoled the death of the 8-month-old baby and assured that Indian soldiers are not sitting silently.

"I have seen it and the entire world has seen it. It's saddening. Our soldiers are not sitting silent, befitting reply will be given to them," Ahir said.

The frequent ceasefire violations have made life difficult for locals, with one local from Suchetgarh, near Jammu telling media that it was a crisis situation.

"Shelling is incessant, we are very scared, can't sleep at night. We cannot even take out our livestock for grazing. It's a crisis situation. Appeal to Govt to find a solution or make some arrangements," said a local to ANI.

Under pressure from the Jammu and Kashmir government, the Indian government had announced a unilateral ceasefire in anti-terror operations during the Muslim holy month of Ramzan. But ceasefire violations continue to take place on the border with the Muslim-majority nation of Pakistan frequently violating the ceasefire.

Recently, on May 18, a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan and 4 civilians were killed in Pakistani ceasefire violation along the Line of Control in the RS Pura and Arnia sectors of Jammu and Kashmir.