Jammu border heats up ahead of PM’s visit

The firing and mortar shelling along the IB in Samba district started around 2 am, while it started at around 10 PM last night in Kathua''s Hiranagar sector, a senior BSF officer told.

Yogesh Sagotra
Jammu, Publish Date: May 17 2018 11:44PM | Updated Date: May 17 2018 11:44PM
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A Border Security Force (BSF) trooper was among the two persons injured when Pakistan Rangers opened fire and lobbed mortars at several Indian posts and some civilian areas along the International Border in Samba and Kathua districts.

The fresh provocation comes two days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in the state. BSF sources said that Pakistani troops targeted over one dozen Indian posts and civilian areas in Samba and adjoining Hiranagar sector since midnight.

The firing and mortar shelling along the IB in Samba district started around 2 am, while it started at around 10 PM last night in Kathua's Hiranagar sector, a senior BSF officer told.

“Pakistan Rangers violated the ceasefire and resorted to heavy and unprovoked mortar shelling and firing along the IB on 10 to 15 BoPs in Samba and Kathua districts since last night,” the officer said.

In the exchange of gunfire, a BSF jawan suffered injuries and has been hospitalised, the officer said. A civilian also received splinter injuries in the Londi area and some cattle perished in the attack too.

The intermittent exchange of fire was continuing till this morning, which forced the local administration to close all schools that fell in the radius of 5 kilometers from the border.

On May 15, a 28-year-old BSF jawan was killed as Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by opening fire on forward posts to help infiltrators cross the International Border (IB) in the Samba sector. Troops also foiled four infiltration bids along the IB since Sunday. The DG BSF K K Sharma also confirmed the reports of the infiltration of a group of five militants from Pakistan into Jammu region recently.