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Civilian killed in Pakistan firing, death toll in border firing climbs to 12 in four days

Pakistani troops resorted to heavy shelling along the IB and the LoC for the fourth consecutive day in Jammu and Poonch districts.

india Updated: Jan 22, 2018 07:49 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jammu
Jammu and Kashmir,Ceasefire violation,Pakistan
Villager shows a damaged section of his house after shelling from the Pakistani side on the India-Pakistan international border at Arnia Sector about 45km from Jammu on Saturday. (PTI Photo)

One civilian was killed and another injured on Sunday when Pakistani troops resorted to heavy shelling along the IB and the LoC for the fourth consecutive day in Jammu and Poonch districts, drawing retaliation from Indian forces, an official said.

“Two brothers were injured when shells hit their house in Kanachak-Pragwal sector along the IB in Jammu district tonight. One of them, Gopal, later succumbed to his injuries and the other is in hospital,” a senior police official said.

Meanwhile, an army jawan injured in the firing in Poonch district succumbed on Saturday night, taking the death toll in the border firing to 12 since Thursday, police said. The dead include seven civilians, three armymen and two BSF personnel.

Read: Firing on LoC makes life ‘living hell’ for villages near border

“Pakistan Rangers resumed (shelling) along IB in Kanachak sector of Jammu tonight. They have been mortar shelling and it is being replied back,” a BSF spokesman said.

Pakistan has resumed heavy shelling along the LoC in Bhawani, Karali, Said, Numb and Sher Makri areas of Rajouri district this evening, DC, Rajouri, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said.

In Akhnoor, Pakistani forces resorted to firing along the LoC, police officials said. Troops are carrying out retaliatory firing, they added.

Signalman Chandan Kumar Rai, posted at a forward post in Mankote sector of Poonch district, was grievously injured when Pakistani army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing around 4.30 pm on Saturday, northern army spokesman Col NN Joshi said.

He was taken to the military hospital where he succumbed to injuries at night, he said.

Rai (25) belonged to Nadesar village in Uttar Pradesh’s Chandauli district, and is survived by his father, Satya Prakash Rai.

While a BSF jawan and a teenaged girl were killed on Thursday, four persons — two civilians and a BSF jawan and an Army jawan — were killed and over 40 others, including two BSF personnel, injured in the Pakistani firing on Friday.

Three civilians and an Army jawan were killed and 16 others injured in the ceasefire violations on Saturday.

Read: Pak summons Indian envoy for fourth day over ‘unprovoked firing’ at LoC

Firing from across the border started on Thursday and has forced thousands of people to flee their homes and take shelter in rehabilitation camps or with their relatives.

An official said on Sunday that the state government has set-up six relief camps to provide shelter to border dwellers. “Six relief camps are already functional and provided with all basic amenities,” an official spokesman said.

Minister for Public Health Engineering Sham Lal Choudhary on Sunday conducted an extensive tour of Suchetgarh and RS Pura sectors to take stock of the damage caused to life, property and livestock due to the cross-border firing.

The minister visited about a dozen villages and said the departments concerned had been directed to assess the damage and submit detailed reports within shortest possible time for processing of compensation cases.

The minister said ambulance services at different locations were ready to meet any exigency. Choudhary said the concerned officials have been asked to take immediate steps for the treatment of injured animals and lifting dead ones.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Jan 21, 2018 10:39 IST