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Heavy overnight exchange of fire along Arnia border; schools shut

The heavy firing exchanges which started late on Sunday continued till 5 am on Monday.

india Updated: Sep 18, 2017 14:19 IST
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Border Security Force personnel patrol the fence at the international border in Jammu.
Border Security Force personnel patrol the fence at the international border in Jammu.(PTI)

Heavy overnight exchange of fire, including shelling, continued for the fourth consecutive day between Indian and Pakistani troops along the international border in Arnia sub-sector of RS Pura sector in Jammu district.

BSF’s Jammu frontier DIG, Dharmender Pareekh said the Pakistani Rangers started “unprovoked firing” in Arnia around 9 pm on Sunday, and later resorted to mortar shelling, prompting Indian forces to retaliate strongly.

The gun-duel lasted till 5.30 am on Monday, he said, adding that nobody was killed or injured in the exchange of fire.

All schools within the 5 km of the border in Arnia were shut on Monday.

The exchange of fire began on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday when a sniper bullet by Pakistani forces killed constable Brijendra Bahadur Singh.

A woman named Ratna Devi died and five others were injured in Pakistani shelling in Arnia on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.

Dozens of livestock have been killed and injured while many houses were damaged in the shelling.

While the PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir has promised to construct 4,000 community bunkers and 20,000 individual bunkers along the Indo-Pak border, villagers, including children, remain a sitting duck for the Pakistani firing.

Pak Accuses India of Unprovoked Firing

Pakistan army’s publicity wing, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) posted on its website that the director general of Pakistan Rangers (Punjab), major general Azhar Naveed Hayat visited the working boundary at Phokhlian sector where unprovoked ceasefire violation by Indian troops had martyred two innocent civilians.

The DG appreciated the response by Rangers and assured the affected families that it would respond befittingly against Indian attacks.

“Indian BSF targeted the civilian population in Sialkot border villages Jarwaal, Joiyaan, Anula, Harpal, Salaankey, Wahga, Akhanor, Sangiyaal, Umeraanwali (Harpal sector) and Charwah, Behlaadpur, Merjakey, Akhnur and Dhamala villages (Charwah Sector) along the Sialkot working boundary by using the small and big mortar shells,” Pakistani daily, The Nation quoted local officials as saying on Saturday.