Jammu Tawi, May 22
At least three civilians sustained injuries in fresh escalation on border on Tuesday as Pakistan shelled forward border hamlets and targeted more than 20 border outposts in Jammu and Samba sectors.
“Pakistan forces again heavily shelled forward villages in R S Pura, Arnia and adjoining Ramgarh sectors along the International Border that started on Monday evening and is still continuing,” official sources here said.
They said that Pakistani Rangers resumed heavy mortar shelling in Arnia sector after a few hours break around 1900 hrs on Monday.
“So far, three civilians have suffered injuries including two from R S Pura and one from Arnia sectors,” official sources said.
One of the injured was identified as Mohan Lal, 48, resident of Bindi Chak Talab, Arnia.
They said that he was rushed to the GMC, Jammu.
District Administration has made elaborate arrangements to provide basic facilities to those migrated to temporary shelter camps established at R S Pura.
Around 500 villagers hit by border firing are camping in these shelters.
On Monday, five people, including a policeman, suffered injuries while an infant also died in Pallanwala sector. Pakistani Rangers also opened fronts in the adjoining Ramgarh and R S Pura sectors.
“Over 20 Border outposts and villagers of 30 border hamlets were targetted with 120 mm mortars by Pakistan forces and the frequency is enhanced considerably,” said a BSF official.
He said that BSF is retaliating with same calibre while no report of any casualty or fresh injury has been reported so far from the Indian side.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also visited to border areas on Monday and met with the families of border firing victims.
On May 18, a BSF jawan was martyred and four civilians were killed in the firing in Arnia and R S Pura sectors.