Two women of a family were killed and 15 others injured in heavy mortar shelling and firing by Pakistani troops on Wednesday along the international border in Jammu.
Pakistani Rangers targeted 50 border out posts (BoPs) and 35 hamlets overnight along the 192-km boundary. The escalation has triggered an exodus, with 16,000 people moving to safer areas from border villages.
Eight people have been killed so far and over 70 people injured in continuing ceasefire violations by Pakistan over a week.
Pakistani troops targeted Chillary village along the IB in Samba district around 7.30am .
In the mortar shelling, Shakuntla Devi and her daughter-in-law Poli Devi were killed while their husbands along with two children of Poli were injured, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Samba, Anil Mangotra said.
All the inhabitants of the village with a population 1,700 have fled from border hamlet to safety.
Along the Line of Control (LoC), the firing stopped Tuesday night in Mendhar & Poonch sectors after Indian forces gave a befitting reply, defence officials said.
Among the 15 injured today, three were BSF jawans. All of them have been shifted to Government Medical College (GMC) hospital, the SSP said.
Jorda Farm border hamlet was hit by shelling at 9am police officials said. Six persons were injured when they were returning after night stay in shelter camp in R S Pura. They were shifted to GMC hospital for treatment, they said.
Earlier, a BSF spokesperson said "Pakistani Rangers again resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling and heavy firing on BSF posts all along IB since 8pm last night."
As many as 50 BSF BoPs were affected by the fire from Pakistan side, he said, adding areas along IB in Arnia, R S Pura, Kanachak and Pargwal sub-sectors in Jammu and Samba districts were targeted.
Eight people have been killed and 71 others including BSF jawans injured in Pakistani shelling and firing along LoC and IB in Jammu and Poonch districts in over two dozen ceasefire violations since October 1 this year.
On Monday, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire by resorting to heavy firing and shelling in Arnia belt along IB in Jammu in which 5 people were killed and 34 injured.
On October 3, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire in Gulamarg sector of Kashmir Valley and in Poonch and Jammu sectors in which a girl was killed and six persons were injured.