Locals scared as shelling resumes at border

Srinagar: Villagers in Jammu’s R S Pura sector panicked as the estranged armies of India and Pakistan exchanged mortars and gunfire on Monday morning. Pakistani army violated the ceasefire agreement by targeting posts near Line of Control (LoC) in Arnia sector of Jammu region, GNS reports quoting officials. The sector remained tense for weeks last October, causing mass migration from the affected villages.

A senior Border Security Force (BSF) official has said that Pakistani troopers attacked Indian positions along International Border (IB) in Arnia sector late last night. The Pakistan army, he said used heavy weaponry fire followed by small arms fire from 11:30 pm on Sunday night to target the posts.

BSF troops, the officer said retaliated to the unprovoked fire by the arch rivals. He said the exchange of fire continued intermittently till 4:30 am Monday. However, no casualty or injury to anyone in the exchange of fire has been reported from this side.

“There were three ceasefire violations by Pakistan troops during past 12 hours along International border in Jammu sector,” the official said.

“Yesterday, Pakistani Rangers resorted to small arms firing on forward posts along IB in Arnia sector of Jammu district,” he added.

On Sunday, a BSF trooper was killed on the spot when India and Pakistan armies exchanged gunfire in Nowgam sector of Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. The slain trooper identified as Constable Abhijit Nandi of BSF 119 battalion was manning KB Post which came under heavy gunfire from Pakistan army.

Prior to Nowgam, the estranged armies traded heavy gunfire in Macchil sector as well. The exchange of gunfire between the Pakistan Rangers and the army’s 5 Kumaon regiment started around 7:20 am on Sunday and continued for twenty minutes in Macchil sector of the district leading to escalation in the hostilities between the two sides.

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