Two Border Security Force (BSF) jawans and an equal number of civilians were injured as Pakistani Rangers resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling at nearly ten places along the international border in Arnia and R S Pura sectors since last night. The BSF retaliated and the exchange of small arms and automatic weapons fire between the two sides continued till mid night.
Sources said that the trouble started with the firing of a snipper shot from across the border on a BSF naka at Nikowal around 4 pm. However, as there was no damage or casualty on the Indian side, the BSF did not retaliate.
Later, around 9.15 pm, Pakistani Rangers resorted to heavy volume of unprovoked firing at various places along the border in Arnia and R S Pura areas.
Though firing from across the border stopped after mid night, it re-started around 4 am on Monday in Arnia sector, with Pakistani Rangers firing mortars on the Indian side. Two BSF jawans were injured, sources said, adding that their two vehicles were also damaged.
Two civilians were also injured as window panes of various houses got damaged after mortar shells started raining in the residential area. The injured jawans have been hospitalized, while civilians were released after first aid.
Pakistani troops have been resorting to ceasefire violation along the international border and Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu Kashmir for the last three days. During the weekend, they had resorted to unprovoked firing on forward Indian positions in Bhimber Gali and Mendhar areas of Rajouri and Poonch districts respectively.
The latest incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistan have followed its handing over BSF jawan to India after he had swept across the border by Chenab waters and its Prime Minister Nawaz Sharief’s call to mend relations with India.
BJP leaders Prabhat Jha, Shahnawaz Hussain and Krishnapal Gujar also addressed a number of rallies.