Heavy shelling by Pakistani Rangers kills two civilians, injure four

Indian Army troops discover cross-border tunnel dug nearly 50 meters into the Indian territory from Pakistan side.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Updated: August 23, 2014 1:33 pm
loc-L Army troops discover cross-border tunnel dug nearly 50 meters into the Indian territory from Pakistan side. (Source: IE archive)

The Indian army on Friday night discovered a cross-border tunnel dug close to 50 meters into the Indian territory from Pakistan side in Pallanwala sector near Akhnoor in Jammu & Kashmir. Pointing out that the tunnel was big enough for terrorists to sneak into the Indian territory from Pakistan side, sources said that the area was immediately sealed by the troops.

While a similar cross-border tunnel was found by BSF near the international border in Hiranagar area a few years ago, it was the first time that such a tunnel was found in the state.

Meanwhile, in a major ceasefire violation, Pakistani Rangers have targeted 22 border outposts along the international border in Arnia and R S Pura sectors.

On Saturday morning, two members of a family were killed and four others including a BSF jawan injured as Pakistani troops continued  unprovoked firing, using for the first time long range mortars, medium and heavy machine guns to target areas on the Indian side along the international border.

The two civilians fell victim to Pakistani firing after a mortar shell landed on their house in R S Pura sector. The firing from across the border had restarted on Friday after three days of ceasefire.

Sources said that the latest round of unprovoked firing from Pakistan came around 12.50 am in Arnia sector. Within a short span, the firing spread to R S Pura sector as well.

The BSF also retaliated and the exchange of fire between the two sides was ongoing in few areas. A BSF jawan and five civilians including a woman sustained splinter injuries.

The mounting tension along the border has forced civilians to migrate from nearly half a dozen villages in R S Pura sector, with nearly 3,000 people taking shelter in a government high school at Rangpur and Government Industrial Training Institute on Friday night. Both these buildings were among various places already identified by the district administration as safe places to accommodate people migrating from border areas.

As there has been no change in the situation for nearly a fortnight, people have started moving to bunkers during night. The police and para military forces, according to sources, have already advised people to switch off their lights after sun set so as to avoid firing from Pakistan army.

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First Published on: August 23, 2014 8:53 am
  1. V
    Aug 23, 2014 at 10:24 am
    Dawn is reporting 2 people died in stan due to shooting from the Indian side. Is it so hard for respected newspapers like Indian Express and Dawn to determine the truth instead of being part of the propaa? Time for both countries to grow up. Childish behavior making both countries focus on wrong priorities.
    1. A
      Aug 23, 2014 at 8:48 am
      Said very true. Indian Intelligence needs to be very strong as these kind of enemies are on the other side of IB.
      1. K
        Aug 24, 2014 at 5:48 am
        The fellows who dig tunnels in gaza and near our border would have been rats in the last birth.
        1. C
          Cmhari Govindan
          Aug 23, 2014 at 4:14 am
          Counter attack atonce. Let Raj nath, Arun Jaitely and Mr. Modi go the the border to see the situation and start counter attack.
          1. C
            Cmhari Govindan
            Aug 23, 2014 at 4:12 am
            Couter attack immediately. If Modi is not able to handle the counter attack then it is a shame of ever Hindustanis. eliminate aii Davoodis and jihadi minded people turned terrorists by engaging Indan National Armies.
            1. G
              Aug 23, 2014 at 8:59 am
              stani Army is another Hamas in the making, can't India perceive it? stan wants war with India and I'm convinced they really mean it business. Sadly India isn't another Israel.
              1. H
                Aug 23, 2014 at 3:54 am
                1. B
                  Aug 24, 2014 at 3:10 am
                  What Hamas is doing ito Israil,Pak wants to do India.Now India should do what Israil has done to Hamas.
                  1. K
                    Aug 23, 2014 at 7:37 am
                    Why is our Army / BSF constantly complaining about stan instead of pro-actively managing the situation? Someone please inform them that they are supposed to use the weapons they have been provided, and not just keep complaining to the govt.Army is supposed to protect the nation. Not vice versa.
                    1. m
                      Aug 23, 2014 at 4:37 am
                      The reporter hasn't done his homework. This is casual journalism. This is not the 1st time that a tunnel has been detected across the LoC in Kashmir. Besides, about Islamic terrorism, I have observed that despite the different outfits that they belong to, if they try a certain terror tactic in one part of the world, rest ured they'll try it in other parts of the world. Just to list one example: Tunnels from Gaza strip into Israel should have long alerted Indian security agencies to expect the same across Loc.
                      1. P
                        Aug 24, 2014 at 5:24 am
                        We should bring back our pok
                        1. P
                          Pappu Italvi
                          Aug 23, 2014 at 4:29 am
                          Indian Army should do a combing operation like how Israelis did to destroy tunnels dug by Palestinian terrorists & Hamas.
                          1. N
                            Aug 23, 2014 at 10:37 am
                            Modiji pl be brave & genuine nationalist to retaliate fiercely to pak. No trade relations & other economic activities. Withdraw MFN .Ask your intelligence agencies to promote extensive disruption inside pak . Isolate pak internationally.Demand pak to vacate Kashmir immediately.Prepare To fight war with pak. Be ready.
                            1. E
                              Aug 23, 2014 at 9:34 am
                              what are we doing with these ICBMS, Agnis, Bramhos Akash & stuff, if one s is dropped, we should shoot 100 from our side. Stop complaining if they are violating cease fire....its their job, let do ours, all Indian citizens are with you. We need some nerve training from Israelis...0 tolerence
                              1. D
                                Aug 23, 2014 at 4:53 am
                                Make that 50mt tunnel as a graveyard for at least 50k Porkis!! it! Enough is enough.
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