Pakistani troops continued to violate the ceasefire by shelling and firing upon 25 Border Out Posts (BoPs) and 19 villages along the International Border in Jammu sector throughout the night, prompting the BSF to retaliate.
“Pak Rangers resorted to heavy firing of small and automatic weapons and shelling of mortars bombs on 25 BoPs and civilian areas along IB in Arnia and R S Pura sub-sectors of Jammu district from 2030 hours last night” a BSF officer said today.
BSF troops gave a befitting reply by responding strongly and the heavy exchanges continued till 0730 hours today, he said.
As per the official reports, Pakistan troops also targeted 19 Border villages throughout the night.
“Although there was no loss of human life or injury to anyone, three cows were killed in Treva border village in the shelling”, Sub-Divisional Police Officer, R S Pura, Devender Singh said.
Civilian casualties have been avoided due to evacuation of villagers or night migration from over 20 border hamlets along IB in R S Pura and Arnia sub-sectors of Jammu district, he said.
There have been 18 ceasefire violations in less then a fortnight and 20 in the month of August.
In a major escalation, Pakistani troops resorted to heavy shelling and firing on 22 BoPs and 13 villages, killing 2 civilians and injuring 6 others including a BSF jawan along International Border in Arnia and R S Pura Sub-sectors of Jammu sector yesterday.
Pak troops also fired during the day yesterday in Shahpur sub-sector of Poonch violating ceasefire.
In the firing and shelling, 2 people were killed and 6 others including a BSF jawan were injured and 5 houses suffered damaged, security officials had said.