Two people were injured as Pakistan Rangers targeted BSF posts on the international border in Jammu and Samba districts, forcing thousands of people in nearby villages to flee their homes.
“Pakistan Rangers started firing at about 10 pm on Sunday with machine guns and also fired mortar shells on 35 BSF posts in Ramgarh sector in Samba district, and Arnia, RS Pura and Kanachak sectors in Jammu district. The BSF troops returned the fire. The firing continued till early Monday morning. The BSF troops didn’t receive any injury, though,” a BSF official said.
Jammu divisional commissioner Shantmanu said 25 villages had been affected by the firing and about 10,000 people had moved to safer places.
“The figure is not absolute as many go back to their houses in the morning and return in the evening. The administration is providing them all necessary facilities,” he said.
On Sunday, Pakistan Rangers targeted Ramgarh and Kanachak sectors for the first time this year. Though these areas have been fired at in the past, and last year, hundreds of people had migrated from these areas.
It was a major ceasefire violation after the Modi government took over. The intensity of gunfire was such that it could be heard in the Jammu city, about 20 km from the Kanachak area.