Pakistan has once again violated the ceasefire understanding with India along the International border (IB) in the Jammu region. Fresh firing and mortar shelling was reported from Samba and Kathua districts. Firing began at 7 pm on Sunday evening and was on till the wee hours on Monday.
In the overnight firing which is said to have injured one civilian, Pakistani Rangers targeted 30 border outposts and several other hamlets.
“Pakistani Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing on BSF posts along the IB in Samba and Kathua districts from 1900 hours last night,” a Border Security Force (BSF) officer said.
“They fired 82 mm mortar shells and used heavy machine guns (HMGs) to target 30 BoPs and border villages in Ramgarh, Samba, Kathua and Hiranagar sectors”, he added.
This is a fourth straight day that firing has been on from the Pakistani side. So far, one civilian has been killed and seven others have been injured.
BSF troops are said to have retaliated well to the unprovoked firing. Exchange of fire continued until as long as 5 am on Monday morning, the officer explained.
Giving details about the casualties on the Indian side, the BSF jawan said that the villager was injured in the mortar shelling in the Ramgarh sector. The villager had to be rushed to a local hospital.
The ongoing firing is said to have left killed and injured several cattle as well.
The ceasefire violations by Pakistan, which had stopped after the Director General-level talks between BSF and Pakistan Rangers in Delhi on September 12, resumed on October 23.
On October 23, a civilian was killed and two others were injured when the firing began in Mangu Chak border outpost.
On October 24, two civilians were injured in the firing in Samba sector. A school bus, a private minibus and tractor were heavily damaged.
On Sunday Pakistani Rangers targeted several border villages like Sujanpur, Mawa, Bhati and Bobiya, firing mortar shells on them. Two civilians were said to have been injured on Sunday.
Meanwhile, authorities have advised civilians who live in the border villages of Samba district to stay indoors during the shelling. Police have also kept bullet proof vehicles as a standby in the wake of an emergency.