In what might be called the biggest ceasefire violation this year, Pakistan Rangers targeted BSF’s forward positions and residential areas with mortars at several places along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir’s Arnia and R S Pura sectors throughout the night, injuring a civilian and damaging various properties.
Around 20 BSF border out posts suffered damages due to Pakistani firing, a spokesperson said, adding damage to civilian property and injuries to livestock were being ascertained.
According to Pakistani media reports, at least two Chenab Rangers and a civilian were injured on its side due to return firing from BSF in Charwah and Chaprar sectors near Sialkot. The latest spate of ceasefire violations began at around 9.50 pm on Sunday when Pakistan fired two mortars on a BSF post in Arnia sector. Soon, incidents of firing from Pakistan Rangers were too reported from R S Pura sector.
It is also believed that Pakistani firing were attempts to sneak militants into the state ahead of the Assembly elections later this year. An official said on Sunday night BSF personnel saw four people trying to sneak into the Indian territory in the RS Pura sector. “This particular area has lot of water bodies and some of them are overflowing. It was at this point that we saw infiltrators trying to sneak in to India’s side. Additional men have been deployed to guard the small streams.”