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5 villagers killed in heavy shelling by Pak along IB

October 06
04:01 2014

5 villagers killed in heavy shelling by Pak along IBJAMMU: In one of the worst ceasefire violations by Pakistan, five villagers were killed and 29 injured today in heavy mortar shelling and firing from across the international border and Line of Control in Jammu and Poonch sectors.

Pakistani troops indulged in heavy and unprovoked firing and shelling of mortars on 10 border outposts (BoPs) and civilian areas along international border (IB) in Arnia belt of Jammu district from 10 PM spilling over to this morning, a BSF spokesman said.

BSF troops retaliated effectively and gave a befitting reply, he said, adding that the intermittent firing exchanges were on in the area when reports last came in.

In the shelling, five villagers were killed and 29 injured in several hamlets, Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), R S Pura Tehsil, Devender Singh told PTI.

The Pakistani troops also resorted to mortar shelling and firing on forward posts along LoC in Bhimber Gali belt of Poonch district since 0830 hours today, a Defence Spokesman said.

After the fresh escalation, India asserted that Pakistan must put an immediate end to ceasefire violations.

“Pakistan should stop ceasefire violations now and understand the reality that times have changed in India,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh said.

The Pakistani troops used small, automatic weapons and mortar bombs to target the border hamlets and BoPs.

25 of the injured have been shifted to GMC hospital Jammu.

On October 3, Pakistani troops and rangers violated ceasefire in Gulamarg sector of Kashmir Valley and in Poonch and Jammu sectors in which a girl was killed and six persons were injured.

There have been a dozen ceasefire violations along Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir during last four days.

A large number of houses were damaged and livestock perished in the firing and shelling, said Devender Singh, who was leading a team that shifted the injured people to hospital during the heavy shelling.

“People living in critical zones along the border will be evacuated,” he said

The BSF spokesman said that the force did not suffer any casualty. . Fear was writ large on the faces of kin of the injured, who were shifted to the hospital here. “We thought we will die any time, such was the firing of mortar bombs and their bursting sound,” Karan Singh of Pindi village said.

“We have become sitting ducks for Pakistan to target us.

Government should do something immediately. We cannot live on the border to die,” Rano Devi said.

Congress and BJP said the ceasefire violations by Pakistan were a “serious” issue and it should desist from such activities.

“Whatever Pakistan is doing is certainly a serious matter. And we want to tell Pakistan that indulging in such activities is not good for that country,” BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

Condemning Pakistan’s actions, former External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said it is despicable that such incidents have occurred on Eid. “There cannot be anything worse than this,” the Congress leader said.

Party leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, however, asked why Modi government was “keeping silent”.

“It’s most unfortunate that firing is going on from Pakistan side in Jammu and Kashmir and at this juncture any firing from across the border is very very critical. It’s most unfortunate that the Government is also keeping silent,” he said.

Yesterday, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire by resorting to unprovoked and heavy firing on Indian forward posts along LoC in Balnoie sub-sector of Poonch district.

On October 4, Pakistani troops resorted to firing and mortar shelling along LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, drawing retaliation from Army.

On October 1 and 2, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire two times along LoC in Poonch district resulting in injuries to six people, including three women. . Meanwhile, Pakistan claimed that its four civilians were killed and three others injured in the exchange of fire near the Sialkot border.

An Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement today said the dead included two children and a woman.

ISPR also said there was firing from Indian side in Nakial, Karela, Kot Kettera, Hot Spring and Jandrot sectors.

No casualty was reported in these areas. -PTI

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