Thousands of villagers evacuated as Pakistan resumes shelling in J&K
JAMMU: Pakistani forces on Thursday again started
targeting civilian areas and BSF positions near the International Border in
Jammu and Kathua districts of Jammu and Kashmir, an official said.
“Pakistan Rangers are firing with mortars and
automatic weapons in RS Pura sector of Jammu and Hirnagar sector of Kathua,” a
police officer told IANS, adding that the Pakistan firing started at 7 pm and
was still continuing two hours later. The Border Security Force (BSF) has
started “retaliating effectively”, he added.
Most villages along the International Border (IB) in
Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts have been evacuated since Pakistan Rangers
resorted to targeting villages and BSF positions since October 6. Jammu
Divisional Commissioner Shant Manu told IANS eight people have died so far in
the ceasefire violations by Pakistan on the Line of Control (LoC) and the IB in
“Five civilians were killed in Pakistan shelling in
Arnia area on Oct 6 while a girl injured in Pakistan Army shelling in Poonch
district on the LoC also succumbed to injuries,” he said.
“Two women were killed Wednesday in Pakistan firing on
the International Border, taking the toll of people killed during the last four
days to eight.”