Pakistan targets 25 border outposts; one more civilian killed as shelling spreads to new areas

On Saturday night, Pak rangers shelled 25 BSF out post in R S Pura and Arnia secrtors.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Updated: August 24, 2014 1:25 pm
A villager looks out a window of a hut damaged allegedly by gunfire from the Pakistan side of the border at Jora Farm village, in Ranbir Singh Pura region. (Source: AP) A villager looks out a window of a hut damaged allegedly by gunfire from the Pakistan side of the border at Jora Farm village, in Ranbir Singh Pura region. (Source: AP)

One more civilian died as Pakistani mortar shelling spread to newer areas on the Indian side in R S Pura and Arnia secrtors on Saturday night.

Identifying the woman as Veero Devi of Suchetgarh, locals said that she died of shock when a mortar shell fell near her house. Though she did not sustain any splinter injury, she had a heart attack immediately after a mortar shell passed over her house and exploded nearby.

A village woman points at holes made allegedly by gunfire from the Pakistan side of the border at Jora Farm village. (Source: AP) A village woman points at holes made allegedly by gunfire from the Pakistan side of the border at Jora Farm village. (Source: AP)

“They were firing 81 and 82 mm mortars on civilian areas whose use on civilian areas was banned as per Shimla agreement between the two countries,” locals said.

On Saturday night, they shelled 25 BSF outposts; three more than the previous night in both the sectors, official sources pointed out.

Two members of a Muslim family had died of splinter injuries and four others including a BSF jawan injured during wee hours of Saturday as Pakistani Rangers fired mortar shells on 22 BSF out posts in Arnia and R S Pura sector from 12.45 am to 7 am. While the civilian casualties had taken place at Jora Farm, the BSF jawan was injured in Arnia sector.

Meanwhile, official sources here said that there had been no let up in firing by Pakistan.

A woman displays a mortar shell allegedly fired on a residential area from the Pakistan side of the border in Ranbir Singh Pura region. (Source: AP Photo) A woman displays a mortar shell allegedly fired on a residential area from the Pakistan side of the border in Ranbir Singh Pura region. (Source: AP Photo)

The continued shelling by Pakistani Rangers has triggered migration from various places along the International Border on the Indian side. Nearly 3,000 people from two dozen villages had arrived at Government High School, Rangpur and Government Industrial Training Institute, R S Pura.

Both these buildings were among various places already identified by the district administration for stay of people in case migration started from border areas in the wake of stepped up Pakistani firing.

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 direct hit of residential areas by Pakistan. The male members of these families go to their native places during the day and after giving fodder to their cattle return to their camps by evening.

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    Sairam Kannaian
    Aug 24, 2014 at 8:39 am
    This is not the right time for MODI to take any action and stan is aware and playing the game to provoke him. It is time for us to reply as warranted in the local condition just to keep it under control without letting things get out of control at the same time let the opponent take advantage. We need to cross at least 4 years of this new govt with the sheer aim of consolidation of economy, partial divestment of public sector with the aim of luring foreign partners who can give access to market for improved productivity with in these units, infrastructure partnership with foreign investors and so on. Let us choose our own time and place to rout them out so we can take control of PoK and go to poll with a promise of unified J&K. We shall go to poll both in fed as well as state of J&K. Let us show to people of J&K that we have shed our first drop of blood for the people of J&K and it is time for them to take control of their destiny be part of our culture and way of life that is AHIMSA.
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      Ripple
      Aug 24, 2014 at 12:07 pm
      India has one of the most clever politician at the centre. He might sound silent now....but will surely hit back. Don't test his patience.
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        Ripple
        Aug 24, 2014 at 9:00 am
        Modi's leadership can hit back stan easily and we can win the war. However once it starts, the opposition and the people from minority would complain that, Modi is a short tempered person and he is not fit to be a PM. He might be controlling his patience. It wont be a good option for stan to provocate India frequently. This will lead to war. War is just "loss of Humans and Money". It doesn't yield anything.
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          vinayak
          Aug 24, 2014 at 8:26 am
          श्र they will get reply but its not appropriate time . they want to counter their political problem at home by creating new one at border.
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            Imran Khan
            Aug 24, 2014 at 5:21 pm
            stani Army should stop killing Kashmirs people
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              James Whitaker
              Aug 24, 2014 at 9:11 am
              Modi is a punce. He just had plans to get to power, no plans for anything afterwards! He is no PM material!
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                rocky
                Aug 24, 2014 at 6:14 am
                Had it been Israel, death of one civilian would have costed stan very dearly. You need a strong leadership at the top to protect your country, to whom every single citizen counts.
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                  sacchadesi
                  Aug 24, 2014 at 1:38 pm
                  BJP government sleeping or tweeting, cant say which one. Making tall promises and now hiding face, is that why PMji is quiet all the time?
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                    sacchadesi
                    Aug 24, 2014 at 1:43 pm
                    Keep waiting for strong leadership. Bhakts now want to wait for right time and so we must wait for next elections before any action.
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                      satsangi
                      Aug 24, 2014 at 7:20 am
                      Provocative action of Pak Army to divert attention of Global community & stani public at large from growing internal strife. Self defense is Indian action, No Instigation.
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