Shelling from Pakistan creates panic
Three rockets fired from the Pakistani side exploded in the Indian territory causing panic in the border areas of Amristar in Punjab.india Updated: Jul 06, 2009 01:09 IST
Three rockets fired from the Pakistani side exploded in the Indian territory causing panic in the border areas of Amristar in Punjab.
No loss of life or property was, however, reported except a resident who sustained minor injuries on his leg.
Taking note of the development the Border Security Force (BSF) held a commandant level meeting with their counterparts in Pakistan and handed over a protest note to them.
A rocket exploded into the paddy fields of Dhane village (3 km from the international border) in Amritsar, barely 30 meters from the thick populated areas, an eyewitness said.
The deafening sound was heard up to 3 km. The impact was so powerful that it caused a 10-feet deep crater in the field.
Within a couple of minutes another explosion took place in Pul Kanjri village (about one-and –half-kilometers from the Indo-Pakistan border) under Gharinda police station.
While the third blast took place in the fields of Dallekei village (2 km from the border), under Lopoke police station.
The blasts took place within a distance of less than 10km.
“I was returning from the fields when I noticed a glowing red element floating in to air and it exploded a few yards away. I fell on the ground as a result of the vibration and deafening sound. A splinter hit my leg. By the time I stood up, I saw people shouting and coming out of homes. A man was shouting that Pakistan has attacked India,” said Balkar Singh (27) from Dande village.
Senior BSF and police officials rushed to the spots after the explosions and collected the shells.
The BSF officials told Hindustan Times that the Pakistan Rangers had assured them that they would investigate the matter and take appropriate action before sending a status report to India.
Amritsar Senior Superintendent of Police Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh said that experts were ascertaining the nature of the explosions.
The SSP added that two First Information Reports have been lodged.
The explosions are believed to be to be the handy work of some Pakistan terror group.
Security agencies believe that the death of a Pakistani intruder at the hands of the BSF on Saturday might have provoked the terror group to cause the explosions.
“We are looking into all angles including the role of Pakistan Rangers,” said a BSF official.