Breaking silence over the International Border (IB), Pakistani rangers on Friday late night resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling in the R S Pura sector besides automatic weapon firing in Pargwal, Hiranagar and Ramgarh sectors of Jammu.
The Pakistani troops also violated ceasefire in the Rajouri sector by opening fire on the Tarkundi LoC where heavy mortars were fired to target forward posts of army and civilian hamlets. BSF and Army troopers gave befitting reply to the Pak firing with the same caliber on both IB and LoC respectively.
According to reports in the R S Pura sector Pak rangers started unprovoked automatic weapon fire at about 9:00 pm on three Border out Posts (BOPs) and later resorted to heavy 60mm and 81 mm mortar shelling which affected three villages namely Bidipur, Korotana Kurd and Abdullian. At least five cattle’s were killed at Korotana Khurd after hit by mortars fired by the Pak rangers. Appropriate retaliation was made by BSF and the heavy cross firing continued till 2:30 am while intermittent fire continued
till Dawn. While in Pargwal, Hiranagar and Ramgarh sector intermittent firing from small arms and automatic weapon also continued over night but no loss of life or property was reported from these sectors.
In Tarkunadi area of Rajouri Pak troopers first resorted to mortar shelling during the day time from 12:30 to 4:00 pm and later at night shelling resumed at about 10:00 pm which continued till 3:00 am. Though, no loss of life was reported from the region but according to the reports Pak troopers were targeting the forward posts and populated areas and the firing was audible upto Rajouri town.
Considering the escalation in the border tension the deputy commissioner Jammu, Simrandeep Singh issued directions to local SDMs to close all the school which lies in vulnerable villages as a precautionary measures and besides people were also advised to stay indoor during the day time as there was likelihood of shelling even during day.
Later today from Additional DGP of BSF 173 battalion Renu Mitra visited BOP Bobiya where the Jawan Gurnam Singh had got critically injured of Pak sniper fire he briefed Jawan and directed the offices to remain alert. Afterwards he left for District Samba via border Road through Sherpur.