BSF Tuesday said it had destroyed today 14 posts of Pakistani Rangers in retaliatory action along International Border (IB) in Ramgarh and Arnia sectors of Jammu frontier. Eight people were died, mostly children and women, were killed and 22 injured when Pakistan troops resorted to heavy shelling on border hamlets and military posts with 82 and 120 mm mortar bombs along the IB and LoC in Samba, Jammu, Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir earlier in the day.
“BSF gave a calibrated retaliation on IB in response to unprovoked firing and shelling of Pakistan Rangers in area of Ramgarh and Arnia Sectors since morning,” its DIG Dharmendra Pareek said. “Since morning, BSF targeted Pakistan Rangers’ posts across IB in the same sector and caused heavy damage to 14 Pakistani Posts,” he said.
Earlier, Army sources said two Pakistani soldiers were killed in retaliatory firing along LoC opposite to Naushera sector of Rajouri district.
174 schools in the border belt of Jammu district have been closed by the authorities in wake of the Pakistani shelling.
At 0710 hours, three mortar shells landed in border village of Pindi in Arnia sector of Jammu district, injuring four persons who were identified as Bodraj (44), Niky, Dharana Devi and Chanchla Devi (49), Bhat said.
Shelling is on in some areas, he added.
One person is believed to have suffered injuries in Balakote sector in the shelling.
Two women, Robiya Kouser (28) and Tasveer Bi (24), were injured in Mendhar sector of Poonch district last evening and have been hospitalised, Police said.
“Pakistani Rangers started firing with small arms followed by mortars at one place and further spread to four or five places in Ramgarh and Arnia sectors of Samba and Jammu district from 0630 hours,” DIG BSF (G) Dharmendra Pareek said.
They fired 82 mm mortar bombs intermittently, Pareek said, adding, BSF gave them a befitting reply.
Pakistani troops indulged in unprovoked ceasefire violation along the Line of Control in Naushera sector of Rajouri district from 0530 to 0900 hours using small arms, automatics, 82 and 120 mm mortars, PRO Defence Lt Col Manish Mehta said, adding, firing is underway.
There have been more that 60 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the LoC and IB in the state since the surgical strikes.
Yesterday, an elderly woman and a soldier were killed and a girl and two armymen were injured in cross-LoC shelling and firing by Pakistani troops in Poonch and Rajouri districts.