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Ahead of Amit Shah visit, Pakistani troops extend shelling to more areas along border

border480 Three civilians including a woman have so far died and over half a dozen people, including a BSF jawan, injured in firing from across the border. (Source: PTI)
Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Posted: August 25, 2014 7:42 am | Updated: August 25, 2014 9:22 am

Within hours of the BSF warning that any provocation from across the border would be met with high intensity retaliation, Paksitani troops intensified mortar shelling and extended it to ten more areas on Indian side of the international border since Sunday night.

Incidentally, BJP president Amit Shah and Minister of State in the PMO Dr Jitendra Singh are scheduled to R S Pura and Arnia sectors on Monday morning.

BSF Inspector General for Jammu frontiers Rakesh Sharma had on Sunday evening said that BSF troops on the ground have been instructed to deal with any incident of unprovoked firing from across the border with higher intensity. Pointing out that the BSF cannot tolerate Pakistan shelling on civilians on the Indian side, he had said the latter did not respond to its repeated phone calls and protest notes made from time to time during the last month.

An Indian villager walks past marks on the wall of a house caused by mortar rounds fired from the Pakistan side of the border at Treva village in Arnia sector of J&K. (Source: AP) An Indian villager walks past marks on the wall of a house caused by mortar rounds fired from the Pakistan side of the border at Treva village in Arnia sector of J&K. (Source: AP)

Giving details, official sources said as many as 35 BSF posts were affected due to unprovoked Pakistani firing which re-started around 10 pm. Apart from R S Pura and Arnia sectors, it has spread to adjoining Ramgarh and Kanachak sectors as well.

“The BSF exercised restraint and retaliated in a caliberated and befitting manner,” sources said. While there was no casualty or damage among the BSF, the losses among civilians were being ascertained, sources said, adding that this was the 31st incident of ceasefire violation by Pakistan since July 16.

Army personnel with rocket launcher during an encounter with militants in Kalaros, Kupwara district. (Source: PTI) Army personnel with rocket launcher during an encounter with militants in Kalaros, Kupwara district. (Source: PTI)

Three civilians including a woman have so far died and over half a dozen people, including a BSF jawan, injured in firing from across the border so far. As there has been no let up in mortar shelling from across the border, more people have started shifting to safer places.

The police continued…

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