Pakistan firing: Jammu villagers flee homes, BSF lodges protest

Last Updated: Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 16:54

Zee Media Bureau

Jammu: In the wake of dozens of infiltration bids along International Border in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, that triggered a fierce exchange of firing between the two sides, the Border Security Forces lodged a protest with the Pakistan Rangers after the latter did not respond to a call for the flag meeting, reports said Sunday.

Pakistani Rangers reportedly targeted over two dozens of locations along International Border targeting BSF posts on Friday night, resulting in a heavy exchange of mortar shelling that killed one of the intruders.

The shelling from Pakistan`s side also led people in Kulian-Suchetpur village to flee their homes and take shelter in a community hall near railway station.

However, the Pakistani troops denied any role.

The firing by the BSF troops came after they observed suspicious movement along IB near Kulian-Suchetpur outpost.

The protest was lodged by BSF through a communication via the forward post at Kulian-Suchetpur along IB in Samba district today after the Pakistani side earlier failed to respond to a call for a flag meeting, a BSF officer said. “We have lodged a strong protest with Pakistan Rangers over the ceasefire violations and the infiltration attempt today,” he added.

The Rangers had been called for a meeting on IB at the Kulian-Suchetpur forward post, but they failed to turn up for the same even after BSF officials had waited for two hours at the ‘Zero-Line’, he said. Pakistan troops pounded Indian forward posts and civilian areas with 82-mm mortar shells and also resorted to firing across IB in Jammu, leading to injuries to two BSF jawans.

At least 14 Indian forward posts and civilian areas on this side of the border in RS Pura, Pargwal, Samba, Hiranagar and Jagnockah in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts were subjected to firing during the night, police said. The two BSF jawans sustained minor splinter injuries in the Nikowal area in Jammu belt.

They were said to be out of danger. BSF troops had retaliated effectively to the firing last night before it finally ceased this morning, police said. With the injuries to the two jawans, the total number of the injured as a result of Pakistani firing in the past 24 hours has risen to nine, including five civilians.

Against the backdrop of increased ceasefire violations by Pakistan, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde is to visit the forward areas along IB on October 22 to review the situation.

With PTI inputs

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First Published: Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 09:38

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