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Pak firing: residents of border villages living in fear

india Updated: Jul 07, 2010 21:37 IST

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With Pakistani troops repeatedly engaged in ceasefire violations and firing at Indian forward posts, residents of border villages are living in a state of panic.

"The firing by Pakistan troops triggered panic among the residents. We are not being able to sleep at night when the firing often happens," Kulvinder Singh, a resident of Chak Phagwari, told visiting PTI correspondent here Wednesday.

Located along the Indo-Pak border, Chak Phagwari belt in Pargwal sub-sector of Jammu district came under intense firing by Pakistan troops four times in the past four days, resulting in death of two BSF jawans and a civilian.

"We fear the worst if ceasefire ends. We will be sitting ducks for practice for Pakistan troops. We don't want border truce to terminate," Singh, who house was hit by few bullets during the night, said.

Another resident Ram Lal said the locals are not being able to cultivate their field located close to the border.

"We cannot cultivate agriculture fields. They fire on us as was done before 26th November 2003 when the ceasefire came into force," he said.

During the past two days, there were five ceasefire violations by the Pakistan troops, three in Chak Pagwari, one in Mala Bela and one in Poonch.

Inspector General (IG) BSF, Jammu Frontier, A K Sarolia told PTI that Pakistan indulges in firing to assist infiltration.

"We ensure safety and security of the border people and have foiled all infiltration bids and did not allow them to come to this side. BSF troops guarding the border are put on high alert," he said.