Three members of a family were killed and the Army Major injured on Friday night when Pakistani troops opened fire at forward Indian positions and civilian areas, even while Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was being released by Pakistan
Shelled by Pakistan troops for past nine days, the bustling Arnia border town and nearly 120 border hamlets along the Indo-Pak border now wear an empty look, with over one lakh villagers abandoning their homes to escape heavy shelling of mortar bombs.
With this, the toll in Pakistani firing along the International Border in the last one week has risen to 16. Forty-two people, including 19 security personnel, have died in cross border shelling since January this year.
Brigadier YS Ahlawat said the Army had risen to the crisis and was providing food, medicine, drinking water to the villagers in the wake of the most intense cross-border shelling in the Uri sector in Kashmir since 2003.