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.
The start by the government, with 44 days gone, has been measured, more practised and less frenetic.