Bandipora: At least two civilians were held hostage by terrorists during the encounter in Hajin, Bandipora in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. Of the two, one civilian has been rescued safely while efforts are on to rescue the other civilian, said the Jammu and Kashmir police.

On March 3, a civilian was killed in the crossfire between militants and the security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

Prior to that, at least seven civilians were injured in the ceasefire violation by Pakistan at Gawahalan, Chokas, Kiker and Kathi posts in Uri’s Baramulla. The injured were later treated at a hospital.

Earlier today, Pakistan resorted to ceasefire violations in various sectors of Jammu and Kashmir. The ceasefire violations in Sunderbani, Akhnoor and Nowshera reportedly stopped at around 4:45 PM. Pakistan had used artillery guns for shelling.

During the ceasefire violations, 24-year-old Yash Paul, an Army rifleman lost his life in Sunderbani sector.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, ceasefire violation by Pakistan was reported in the Akhnoor sector of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Pakistan violated ceasefire in the Sunderbani sector also by resorting to shelling with mortars and firing of small arms. The Indian Army retaliated consistently.

A rifleman lost his life in the ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Keri Battal of Sunderbani sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri on Monday. Rifleman Karamjeet Singh was martyred in the firing.

The Pakistan troops have violated the ceasefire along the LoC nearly 110 times since January, as per reports.