In response to the retaliation from India that killed two Pakistan rangers, heavy mortar shelling and firing took place on several BSF posts on the international border in Samba and Kathua districts of Jammu and Kashmir. Six civilians were injured on Saturday in the heavy mortar shelling.
As per reports from IANS, “Six civilians were injured in Pakistani shelling on the international border in Samba and Kathua districts today (Saturday).” A senior police officer said that two civilians with critical injuries have been shifted to Government Medical College Hospital in Jammu for treatment.
According to BSF sources, deaths of five Pakistani rangers have been reported with two casualties in the exchange of fire from Thursday. A senior police officer reportedly said, “Heavy firing exchanges continued between the BSF and Pakistan Rangers in Ramgarh, Hiranagar and Samba sectors of the international border till early morning.”
He said that the Pakistan Rangers had started unprovoked firing at four BSF border posts in Ramgarh sector around 9.30 pm on Friday. Retaliating effectively, he said, the exchange of firing continued till 3 am on Saturday in Ramgarh, Hiranagar and Samba sectors.
Meanwhile, as per reports, eight BSF posts and villages at Patti, Pansar, Londi, Bobyan, Chakara, Lacchipura in Kathua district and seven border outposts in Samba district, including Manguchack, Chilyadiya, Regal, Chachval, Ramgarh, Maluchack and Nanga posts came under fire since Thursday.
Deputy Commissioner Shahid Choudhary said, “Firing along international border was reported at 9.30 pm on 8 BoPs from areas of Pansar, Bobyan, Manyari and Pahadpur areas of Hirangar sector in Kathua district.”
This is the fourth ceasefire violaion by Pakistani Rangers. BSF Director-General D.K. Pathak, said, “We have foiled a major infiltration bid that was being carried out from across the Chorgali border outpost under the cover of heavy ceasefire violation firing.”
However, the residents along the border are given alert and are asked to stay indoors. While relief camps are set in some areas, ambulances and doctors have also been deployed for responding to emergencies.
Deputy Commissioner of Kathua said that all local body and panchayat officials and prominent persons in 57 border villages have been asked over the telephone to communicate to the public the messages regarding safety measures. They are also asked to take shelter in bunkers.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the firing was unprovoked and “BSF jawans are giving a fitting reply.” While the minister said, “Pakistan should not do this,” Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that Pakistan does not seem to learn any lesson.