Heavy exchange of firing on IB again, CM meets victims

KL Report


Three civilians from this side were injured when Indian and Pakistani troops again exchanged heavy firing along the International Border in Jammu and Samba districts overnight

A total of 11 civilians have been injured in the exchange of firing since yesterday, police sources said.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and PHE and Irrigation Minister Sham Lal Sharma met the border dwellers injured in the Pakistani shelling at GMC Hospital here this morning.

Sources said, “There was shelling of mortar bombs, rockets and firing by automatic weapons on 16 BoPs and civilians areas of Ramgarh, Arnia, R S Pura and Akhnoor sub-sectors of Samba and Jammu districts since last night”.

Pakistani troops also shelled border out posts in Hiranagar sector.

BSF troops guarding the borderline retaliated, resulting in heavy exchanges, which continued till 0400 hours today, they added.

Two more civilians identified as Raj Kumar of Garkhal village in Aknoor belt and Sunny Baba of Pindi Charaka in Arnia belt, were injured in the shelling, officials said, adding with this the number of injured in shelling and firing has gone upto to 11.

In view of the shelling, over 250 villagers have fled their homes in Sidhar in Garkhal belt. Villagers of SM Pura and Jaso chak have also shifted to Avaat village in view of the intense shelling.


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