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3 civilians, 2 BSF jawans injured in Pak shelling in Jammu, Samba

Continuous ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the international border and the Line of Control have forced hundreds of villagers to flee their homes.

india Updated: Sep 23, 2017 11:42 IST
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Hindustan Times, Jammu
Pakistan,Ceasefire violation,BSF jawans
A villager showing remains of mortars fired by Pakistan Rangers on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday. (HT Photo )

Five people, including two BSF personnel, were injured in the overnight shelling and firing by Pakistan Rangers on Indian posts and forward villages in Samba and Jammu districts.

Continuous ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the international border and the Line of Control (LoC) have forced hundreds of border residents to flee their homes.

“At least three civilians and two BSF personnel were injured in the ceasefire violation by Pakistan in RS Pura and Ramgarh sub sectors last (Friday) night,” said a police spokesman.

India also retaliated in equal measure.

On Friday night Pakistan’s border guards started the firing and around 9pm four mortar shells exploded near a police post at Treva in Arnia sub sector, said an intelligence official.

He informed that Bamboo chak, Jerda and Jora Farm villages were once again targeted with mortar fire.

In adjoining RS Pura sub sector Satowali , Suchetgarh and Bidhipur villages were shelled.

Three villagers from Satowali who were injured in the Pak shelling were identified as Pushpinder Singh, Subash and Vandana Devi.

In Ramgarh sector in Samba, two Indian border guards suffered minor injuries in Pakistani firing.

A BSF officer said that firing stopped at around 5am on Saturday, adding 20 border outposts in the area were affected.

He said Pakistan too suffered some damages in the retaliatory firing from the BSF.

“There are a few areas of Pakistan which are clearly visible from our side. The damage is visible but the extent is not known”, he said.

Over 500 people were evacuated by the police from a few border hamlets targeted by Pakistani troops, PTI said, quoting officials.

The villagers have been housed in a camp.

Over 20,000 people have also fled their homes and hearths in Arnia and R S Pura sectors in the past few days, the officials told the news agency.

There have been continuous firing and shelling by Pakistani troops along the IB and the LoC between September 13 and September 18.

Firing and shelling resumed on September 21 after a two- day lull.

Incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops have increased sharply this year. Till August 1, there have been 285 such actions by the Pakistan army, while in 2016, the number was significantly less at 228 for the entire year, according to figures by the Indian Army.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Sep 23, 2017 10:09 IST