Published On: Mon, Jan 22nd, 2018

Over a dozen fatal casualties on Pakistan side in BSF retaliation

Jammu: Frustrated by its repeated failures to push terrorists into the Indian soil, Pakistani forces have off-late started targeting civilian population during the course of frequent ceasefire violations along the international boundary and the line of control in Jammu and Kashmir.

Heavy overnight shelling and firing by Pakistan Rangers on the international border

In a heavy overnight shelling and firing by Pakistan Rangers on the international border in Jammu district, a civilian was killed and three others injured.

With the latest casualty, the death toll from the recent Pakistan ceasefire violations on the international border and Line of Control (LoC) has risen to 12.

A senior police official said that after a day long calm, Pakistan Rangers again violated ceasefire in Pargwal, Arnia, Kanachak and RS Pura areas of Jammu district targeting border security force (BSF) and civilian facilities.

“Pakistan rangers started heavy shelling and firing in Kanachak and Pargwal areas at 8.30 pm on Sunday,” said the police official.

“A civilian identified as Gopal Dass was injured in Kanachak. He later succumbed to injuries. Three civilians including a woman were injured in RS Pura and Arnia areas where Pakistan Rangers started indiscriminate shelling and firing on Sunday night,” added the police official.

Border Security Force (BSF) sources said heavy casualties were inflicted on Pakistan side in retaliatory firing by the BSF.

“Over a dozen fatal casualties were caused in BSF retaliation… majority of these casualties were suffered by Pakistan Rangers.

“Around two dozen posts of Pakistan rangers were also decimated in retaliation by our troops,” the sources said.

Meanwhile, authorities have said schools in areas affected by Pakistan shelling near the international border and LoC in the Jammu region shall remain closed on Monday in view of safety concerns of children and staff.

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