Situation along IB Tense, Thousands Flee

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KL Report

JAMMU

The number of people abandoning their homes in border villages of Jammu and Kashmir crossed 10,000 Tuesday amid heightened tension following exchange of heavy firing between Indian and Pakistani troops along the international border that killed a BSF man.

India and Pakistan always accuse and allege each other of violating the ceasefire after every such incident along IB and Line of Control (LoC).

Officials said that following indiscriminate targeting of civilian areas along the international border (IB) by Pakistan yesterday (Monday), more people have abandoned their homes close to the border in Samba and Kathua districts.

They said that the number of villagers lodged in makeshift accommodations at safer places has crossed 10,000 and their migration is continuing even today.

Pertinently Indian and Pakistani troops continued exchange of mortar shelling and firing in Kathua and Samba districts late Monday.

Official sources said that Pakistani Rangers targeted more than two dozen BSF posts in Kathua and Samba districts yesterday (Monday). The BSF retaliated effectively to silence Pakistan guns.

They said that no firing has been reported from the Pakistan side Tuesday morning.

A trooper was killed Monday when the border outpost manned by him was hit by Pakistan fired mortar.

Meanwhile BSF Director General D.K. Pathak is scheduled to visit the international border today to take stock of the situation.

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