A woman was among two civilians injured in Samba sector as Pakistani Rangers continued mortar shelling villages on the Indian side on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday as well.
Identifying the injured as Kailasho Devi and Pritam Chand of village Mawa, sources said that the number of people injured in Pakistani shelling since Friday evening has risen to five. This is apart from the death of a labourer in shelling at Mangu Chak.
Significantly, the latest string of ceasefire violations have come despite the holding of a Director General level meeting between Pakistani Rangers and the BSF early last month, where both sides agreed to maintain peace along the borders.
With the situation escalating, the shelling appears to have spread to more areas. Pointing out that this has been the third ceasefire violation since Friday evening, sources said that 14 BSF posts were affected in unprovoked shelling, which restarted from across the border at 9.05 pm on Sunday, sources said, adding that the BSF retaliated.
“Both sides used 51 mm, 81 mm and 82 mm mortars at many places,” sources said, adding that the exchange of fire continued throughout night that kept villagers awake. Apprehending infiltration attempts amidst shelling from Pakistani side, the BSF has intensified patrolling along the border.
The provocation to Rangers, sources said, appear to be the ongoing repair of barbed wire fence damaged on the Indian side during recent rains and floods along the border. Though the barbed wire fence is erected deep inside the Indian territory, Rangers were opposed to its repair as it would obstruct infiltration by terrorists.