Jammu: Indian and Pakistani border guards exchanged heavy firing at the international border between the two countries in Jammu and Kashmir in the Samba sector on Tuesday. The firing began on Monday evening, an official said.
According to the Border Security Force (BSF), the Pakistani border guards opened fire on the Indian positions in Ramgarh sector in a bid to infiltrate terrorists, provoking the Indian side to retaliate.
"The firing from across (the border) seems to be a cover to facilitate infiltration (of militants)," a BSF official told news agencies.
"It appeared to be an infiltration bid and we have effectively foiled it. The situation is now under control," said BSF Inspector General, Jammu frontier, A.K. Saroolia.
Police, BSF and army personnel are conducting extensive searches in the area to find if anyone succeeded in infiltrating into India.
The firing started around 7.30 p.m. in Ramgarh, about 45 km southwest of here.
"The Pakistani firing was unprovoked," he said. Intermittent exchange of fire is still on, the official added.
Indian Army units along the international border have been alerted, defence sources said. There was no immediate report of casualty on the Indian side, they said.
First Published: Tuesday, December 22, 2009, 12:11