A BSF jawan and special police officer (SPO) were injured after Pakistan fired at 25 posts of Border Security Force(BSF) along 50-km stretch of international border from Samba to Jammu district throughout Sunday night and early Monday morning.
Pakistan rangers fired along Ramgarh, RS Pura, Arnia and Pargwal areas along the international border.
“The firing started at 8.30 pm Sunday evening and continued till about 6.30 am Monday morning. Pakistan rangers pounded mortar shells which hit may civilian areas,” DIG BSF (Jammu frontier) Dharmender Parikh told HT.
BSF official said one jawan received minor injuries in Ramgarh sector while SPO was injured in Pargwal.
On Saturday also Pakistan had fired at 25 border outposts of BSF.
Pakistan also fired on Sunday morning but BSF restrained from retaliating in an attempt to calm down tne situation but after intenstity of firing increased in the evening and civilians areas were targeted, BSF responded in effective manner.
The heaviest firing as per the BSF was in Pargwal sector, which is being continuously fired and pounded for the last four-day.
Mortar shells also hit some homes in Ramgarh and RS Pura sector and cattle were also hit.
People-mainly women, elders and children-migrated to safer community hall in Ramgarh sector last night. In the adjoining Suchetgarh Kullian about 60 people had already moved to adjoining safer places.
The firing has not only put the lives of civilians in danger, but it is affecting their crops and cattle stock as they not being to moved ahead of the fence by the security forces.
It’s the time to cut down crop and plough fields for rabi crops-crops of winter.
BSF officials said they had communicated atleast three time to their counter parts to hold meeting to diffuse the tension but there hasn’t been any reply.
“We are only retaliating and that too when they fired heavily. Civilian population is being hit and it’s for this reason we had attempted to hold flag meeting but without any success,” said a BSF official.
CM had deputed a team of four cabinet ministers to visit border areas.
Home minister is arriving in Jammu on Tuesday and chief minister will accompany him in visiting border areas.