Narrow escape for media persons as Pakistan Rangers open fire

The media persons ran indoors along with local villagers and took shelter inside their houses.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Published:July 17, 2014 1:44 pm
bsf An injured BSF jawan is taken to the Government Medical College and Hospital in Jammu after Pakistan Rangers fired at forward Indian posts in Arnia Sector on Wednesday. (Source: PTI)

Nearly a dozen media persons had a narrow escape at Kaku De Kothey when Pakistani Rangers opened fire on them from across the international border in Arnia Sector near here on Thursday.

Giving details, sources said that the media persons were at that time talking to the local villagers and taking shots of the area where Pakistani troops had resorted to unprovoked firing yesterday, killing a BSF jawan and injuring seven including some civilians. However, while they were talking with local villagers, a volley of shots came from across the border causing panic around 11:50 hrs.

The media persons ran indoors along with local villagers and took shelter inside their houses. However, no one was injured in firing.

With local villagers not prepared to visit their fields, there has been panic in the area since Wednesday in view of unprovoked firing by Pakistani Rangers. The fresh tension along the international border has adversely hit ongoing paddy cultivation in the area as agricultural labourers from UP and Bihar are not prepared to go to the fields due to the fear of Pakistani firing. Of the seven injured also, three were agricultural labourers from Bihar.

During the past three months, there has been spurt in incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistan as also infiltration attempts by terrorists from across the borders in Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier last month also, a day before Defence Minister Arun Jaitley’s visit to the state, an Army jawan was killed and five others injured in two IED explosions leading to heavy exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistani troops along the Line of Control in Rajouri and Poonch districts. The IEDs were suspected to have been planted by terrorists from across the LoC.

Since April this year, there have been two dozen incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the LoC and international border in Jammu & Kashmir. Last year, there were 149 such incidents, resulting in the death of a dozen jawans and injuries to 41 others.

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    S.Gonesh
    Jul 17, 2014 at 2:39 pm
    Generals step down if you can´t fight the criminals fromstan. While they are killing the Javans, the government isquiet. Blow them up. Don´t wait, free Kashmir and unite Punjab.Generals don´t die in bed, therefore, your duty is to destroy them.
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      Sachin jagade
      Jul 17, 2014 at 5:16 pm
      Answer fire with fire Modiji. The nation is watching and does not have infinite patience. How many more martyrs and injured are needed before we act firmly? The s need to know that retaliation would be lethal.
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        Sachin jagade
        Jul 17, 2014 at 11:25 am
        When will the Modi government act against this stani aggression? People have high expectations from the BJP government. They must allow our armed forces to retaliate mively. The bloody s only understand the language of the bullet. Answer them back in the same coin.
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          Suraj S
          Jul 17, 2014 at 6:38 pm
          Why are we still tolerating such events. Why can't we completely destroy the location / posts / bunkers from where the bullets are originating? Why don't we use our long range artilleries? Loss of our Jawan and civilians should not be tolerated and a very strong response is needed to ensure it does not happen again.
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