More than one hundred people have died in the last two years in the fire between the troops of India and Pakistan on the border. This was revealed in a disclosure made by the Kashmir desk of the Ministry of Home Affairs in response to a Right to Information application moved by one Raman Sharma. It further adds that 565 people were wounded in 288 incidents of cross-fire.
As compared to previous two years, 2018 witnessed the maximum number of ceasefire violations and cross border firing incidents from Pakistan both at International border and on LoC in Jammu and Kashmir State.
"About 1435 cases of ceasefire violations were reported alone in year 2018 till July which is maximum as compared to data of year 2016 and 2017," MHA said. "In year 2016 number of ceasefire violations reported were 449 (228 at LoC, 221 at IB) and in year 2017 the number reached 971 (860 at LoC and 111 at IB).
The reply said that those who got killed in the cross border shelling incidents include 56 security men and 56 other civilian residents. "In current year 28 civilians were killed so far in cross border shelling," it said, adding that border confrontations also caused injuries to 565 Indians including 302 civilians and 263 security men.
It is pertinent to mention here that in Jammu and Kashmir, the International border between India and Pakistan is guarded by Border Security Force and Line of Control by Army. In comparison to last two years, RTI reply reveals the year 2018 caused maximum loss not only to civilian population but to BSF also. "BSF lost its 12 soldiers and 47 others received injuries during confrontations at International border whereas in 2016 and 2017 collectively this border force lost it's 9 its men and 39 others got injured."