A BSF official said that Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked small arms firing and mortar shelling in Arnia sector along the International Border (IB) in Jammu at around 8:20 am. A BSF constable identified as Bijender Bahadur from of Uttar Pradesh, who was on duty at a forward point along the fence was hit by a bullet on the left side of his abdomen and he succumbed to injuries on the way to the hospital, he said.
The official said BSF troops retaliated strongly and gave a befitting reply to the Pak firing. Eyewitnesses told DH over the phone that the firing created panic in nearby villages as mortar shells fired from across the border fell near residential areas. “Fear gripped us after heavy and unprovoked firing and shelling by Pakistan. We hope that this doesn’t escalate further,” they said.
The authorities have kept emergency services in readiness to meet any eventuality due to the ceasefire violation by Pakistan. On Thursday, two Pakistani soldiers were reportedly killed in retaliatory action by the BSF while three Indian troopers were injured in unprovoked firing and shelling by Pakistani side along the IB and the Line of Control in Jammu and Poonch districts on Wednesday.
There have been continuous ceasefire violations going on from the Pakistani side along the IB for the last four months. Nearly a dozen people, including Army and BSF personnel, have been killed so far and many were left injured. Over 4,000 people migrated from their native places in the wake of such incidents.
The people living in forward areas along the LoC and the IB continue to spend sleepless nights in view of intense shelling and firing by the Pakistan. The continued incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistan has already led to the suspension of cross LoC travel and trade between people living in Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan occupied Kashmir for the last over two months.
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