Pakistani Rangers fire mortars on BSF post, cause panic among villagers
JAMMU: In a sign of escalation in tension along the
international border in RS Pura sector, Pakistani Rangers fired mortars on the
Indian side killing some cattle in Arnia area during wee hours of Sunday.
Giving details, sources said that Pakistani Rangers
started firing on BSF’s Pittal post and two other positions in the area around
2 am. The BSF also retaliated.
However, some of the Pakistani shells fell in
residential areas causing panic among villagers living in adjoining villages
like Gharana, Sai and Kaku De Kothey on the Indian side. The panic stricken
people came out of their houses to take shelter at safer places till sun rise.
The Pakistani Rangers have been resorting to
unprovoked firing on Indian side along the international border for the last
one week, resulting in the death of one BSF jawan and injuries to seven others,
including civilians. The BSF attribute incidents of unprovoked firing by
Pakistan to attempts aimed at pushing terrorists into the Indian side.
Meanwhile, additional BSF personnel have been deployed
along the international border and vigil stepped up to check any infiltration
attempts from Pakistan side. The firing from across the border has, however,
adversely hit the paddy cultivation in the area as people prefer to stay indoors
during the day instead of going to their fields.