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Oct 19, 2013 at 03:09pm IST

LoC: Pakistan refuses to identify the body of an alleged intruder

Srinagar: A fierce encounter is raging on with terrorists in the Handwara area of North Kashmir even as a flag meeting between the Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers was held at Suchetgarh Area in RS Pura.

The Pakistani Rangers have refused to identify and take back the body of a terrorist killed by Indian security forces. The BSF has filed a formal complaint in the matter with Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Haeng village in Handwara has been cordoned by the security forces after reports of terrorists being holed up surfaced.

There have been ten ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) in the last 72 hours. Pakistan opened firing on 10 Indian posts in Jammu and Samba districts and heavy shelling took place late on Friday evening at the Rangpur village where two mortar rounds were fired.

Earlier on Friday morning, heavy firing had been reported from the RS Pura sector in which two jawans had been injured.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah slammed the violations and asked the Central government to take up the issue with Pakistan."I appeal to the government of India to take up this matter with the concerned Pakistani authorities. Ceasefire has been the biggest achievement of the peace talks and if it is violated, the situation will be difficult to handle," Omar said.

Omar also said that he will discuss the situation with Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde who is scheduled to visit the state in the coming week. "We will review the border situation with the Home Minister in 2 days," he said.

Over 130 ceasefire violations have been reported in 2013 so far which has been the highest in the past eight years. The residents in the villages along the Line of Control are worried about the safety as ceasefire violations continue.

"The situation is really tense here. Children are very scared and families are even considering leaving this village and going elsewhere," a resident said.

Commenting on the continuing tensions along the LoC, Pakistan High Commissioner to India Salman Bashir said, "I believe that DGMOS have been asked to fix the ceasefire and show respect for it. I can say that our side is committed to that decision."