Jammu and Kashmir: Woman killed, five injured in Pakistan troops shelling in Arnia sector

A BSF officer said Pakistani troops resorted to indiscriminate firing and mortar shelling on their positions and civilian areas along the border in Arnia sector of Jammu since Saturday night.

Published: 17th September 2017 12:28 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th September 2017 06:39 PM   |  A+A-

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SRINAGAR: A woman was killed and five others injured as Pakistani troops breached border ceasefire and fired on BSF outposts and civilian areas along the International Border in Arnia sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.

A BSF officer said Pakistani troops resorted to indiscriminate firing and mortar shelling on their positions and civilian areas along the IB in Arnia sector of Jammu since Saturday night.

He said the BSF men also returned the fire with similar caliber weapons.

The official said heavy exchange of gunfire and mortar shelling between the two sides continued till this morning.

A police official said some shells fired by Pakistani troops landed near the bus stand Arnia and exploded with big bang.

He said six persons including three women sustained injuries in Pakistani troops firing and shelling in the border villages.

The injured were evacuated to hospital, where one of the critically injured identified as Ratna Devi succumbed to injuries.

The other five injured are undergoing treatment in the hospital, the official said.

He said several structures close to IB suffered damages in the Pakistani troops firing and mortar shelling.

The fear has gripped the border residents of Arnia as it was for the fifth consecutive night that the sector has witnessed heavy Pakistani troops firing and mortar shelling.

According to police official, some border residents have left the place and taken refuge at safe places.

The Pakistani troops had also resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling on Sai, Treva and Jabowal forward areas in Arnia sector on Friday evening.

In the Pakistani troops firing, a temple,  two houses and two cowsheds had suffered damaged while three cattle were killed.

On September 15, BSF constable Bijender Bahadur Singh was killed and a civilian injured in Pakistani troops firing in the Arnia sector.

Of late, there has been a spurt in ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the IB in Jammu province.

Security officials apprehend that under garb of these incidents, Pakistani troops want to push militants into the State to cause disturbances.

They said BSF and army men deployed along the border have beefed up vigil and patrolling to foil any infiltration attempt of the militants under cover fire from Pakistani troops.

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