To minimise casualties, BSF asks locals to restrict movement

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 10, 2014 01:23 IST

The Border Security Force has asked the Jammu and Kashmir authorities in the border villages of Jammu sector to restrict civilian movement late in the night and early morning hours to minimise causalities occurring due to firing and shelling by Pakistan.

According to security sources, it was noticed that Pakistani firing is attracted to any civilian or soldier’s movement at night or in the early hours. The force has asked local authorities to ensure restriction on movement. “BSF is asking people not to venture out during these times,” sources said.

Sources added that the BSF men were using camouflage tactics and they have left border outposts. The entire defence mechanism is working from hidden locations created nearby, which has saved many causalities on the part of the border guarding force, sources said.

According to officials, over 130 border villages have been hit by mortar shelling and firing by Pakistan since last night. Of these 57 hamlets were hit in Kathua district, over 50 in Jammu and 20 in Samba district.

Sources said fresh firing began on October 2, almost three hours after India beat Pakistan in the Asian games hockey finals — which could just be a coincidence. The BSF officer there immediately protested with white flags but was assured by the Pakistani rangers that the firing took place amongst some villagers on their side.

But later in the night, the Pakistani side started heavy firing, which is still on.

“Though protest notes have been exchanged by the BSF with Pak rangers the force is not seeking any flag meeting and massive retaliation is on,” said a home ministry official requesting anonymity.

BSF DK Pathak said here on Thursday that India would continue to retaliate as long as Pakistan does not refrain from violating the ceasefire.

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