In one of the biggest ceasefire violations, especially along the international border, Pakistan fired at 25 places along the 60-km stretch from Kathua to Akhnoor sectors in Jammu throughout Friday night. A Pakistani infiltrator was shot dead on early Saturday morning in Suchetgarh area in Samba district.
"Jawans noticed a movement of about three suspects near the border. They were fired at and an infiltrator was shot dead near the fence inside the Indian territory," said BSF inspector general, Jammu frontier, SS Tomar. Pak Rangers didn't try to retrieve the body.
BSF officials said Pakistan Rangers tried to push in groups of infiltrators at three places along the border and fired heavily to provide them cover. Officials said there was unusually heavy movement of Rangers across the border throughout the night.
Pakistan also fired mortar shells which hit civilian population, especially in Pargwal area, in Akhnoor. School buildings, houses and crops were damaged by mortar shells. Residents of about 42 villages in Pargwal area could not sleep as firing and pounding of shells lasted the entire night. Children didn't turn up at schools along the border on Saturday.
Locals said the firing on Friday night reminded them of pre-2003 times before the ceasefire agreement was signed. Heavy movement of army was also seen in the area.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Rangers did not respond to a flag meeting.
On Friday, two BSF jawans were injured as Pakistani troops opened fire at 15 forward posts of the BSF and civilian areas along the international border in Jammu and Samba sectors.