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Heavy shelling on Indian posts, villages along border in RS Pura sector

india Updated: Oct 22, 2016 18:52 IST
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Hindustan Times
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Pakistan Rangers shelled Indian posts and villages along the International Border in RS Pura sector of Jammu district. (Nitin Kanotra/HT File Photo)

Pakistan Rangers shelled Indian posts and villages along the International Border in RS Pura sector of Jammu district.

A Border Security Force soldier, constable Gurnam Singh, was also critically injured in a sniper attack at Bobiya on Friday morning. Pakistan also suffered heavy casualties, with the BSF killing seven Rangers and a terrorist in retaliatory fire in Hiranagar, Samba and Pargwal sectors.

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“Guns on both the sides fell silent at 2 am on the intervening night of October 21 and 22,” BSF Jammu Frontier DIG Dharmender Pareekh said.

In addition to small arms fire, mortars were used on two BSF border outposts in the area.

“We retaliated in equal measure,” said Pareekh.

Jammu deputy commissioner Simrandeep Singh said last night Pakistan Rangers fired 60 mm and 81 mm mortars intermittently from 11 pm on Friday till early Saturday morning in Korotana and Bidhipur villages of Suchetgarh area in RS Pura sector, in which four cattle died and two were injured.

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There were no human injuries or deaths, he added.

“People are advised to stay indoors during the day time also as there is a likelihood of shelling even during the day. SDMs have been told to close schools in vulnerable villages as a precaution,” he said.

Singh informed that there are around 80 government schools, including primary, middle, high and higher secondary-level schools in RS Pura sector.

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