Pakistani shells left one dead, five injured in Arnia

SRINAGAR: At least three civilians were injured when Pakistani shells landed in Arnia belt, a Jammu town that lives very close to the international border. The rival armies are reported to have exchanged shells during the last night.

Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh meeting the injured of Arnia in GMC Jammu. Picture: J&K government

The injured were identified as May Devi, 65, Rajni Kumar, 35, and her son Shubam, 12 – all residents of Arnia town. Reports said the three were shifted to GMC Jammu for treatment. Of the two, the condition of two is stated to be stable, but the old lady is stated to be critical. She later died in the hospital.

The border town has been facing serious crisis quite frequently because of the shelling. In 2014, the shelling literally triggered  a sort of a massacre as the own migrated and loved away for a very long time. The latest spell of shelling was reported at around 9:30 pm and the fire exchange continued beyond midnight, reports said.

Pakistani shells landed in the localities of Sai, Jabbowal and Jora Farm. BSF retaliated and hit Pakistani positions. BSF Constable Brijendra Bahadur Singh was killed by a bullet fired by Pakistani Rangers on September 15. The frequent shelling has led to teh closure of the barter trade between Poonch and Rawalkot for almost two months now.

The shelling exchange came within days after Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited Nowshehra border belt and warned Pakistan for frequent violations of the ceasefire.

The shelling exchanges are taking place at a time when Pakistan is planning raking up Kashmir at the UN General Assembly.

After one of the injured died in the hospital, Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh, visited Government Medical College & Hospital here, to enquire about the condition of people injured in cross-border firing last night in Arnia sector of Jammu district.

Accompanied by senior officials of the health department, Deputy CM interacted with the doctors and enquired about the treatment being provided to the firing victims.

The Deputy Chief Minister directed the hospital authorities to provide best medicare to the patients besides ensuring free medicines.

Pertinently, six persons, including three women were injured and admitted to GMC Hospital Jammu, where one Ratno Devi later succumbed to her injuries today.

Deputy Chief Minister expressed solidarity with the bereaved family and prayed for peace to the departed soul.



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