One person was killed and at least three people were injured on Tuesday as Pakistani forces targeted Indian posts and forward villages along the International Border and Line of Control in Jammu, Samba and Rajouri districts.
An 18 year old girl was killed in her house in Ramgarh sub sector of Samba district.
“A girl Ravinder Kour,18, daughter of Jorawar singh of Jerda village died after a Pakistani shell exploded in kitchen of their house this morning,” SHO Ramgarh, Suraj Pathania told HT over phone. The officer said that the incident happened around 7.30 am.
“While on the intervening night of October 31 and November 1 (Monday night) Pakistani guns remained quiet on the international border, at 6.30am on Tuesday morning Pakistan Rangers started firing with small arms followed by a small mortar at one place,” BSF Jammu frontier DIG, Dharmender Pareekh said.
“They further spread the fire at four to five places in Ramgarh and Arnia sub-sectors in Samba and Jammu districts. Pakistan also shot 82 mortars,” Pareekh said.
He said that BSF is giving a befitting reply to the enemy fire.
A police officer said that at 7.10am three mortar shells exploded in village Pindi in Arnia sub-sector injuring three people. The injured have been identified as Chanchala Devi, 49, Bodh Raj, 38, and Darshana Devi, 60, – all residents of Pindi Charkan village in Arnia sector of Jammu district.
On Monday, a soldier and a woman were killed in firing by the Pakistan army across the de-facto border in Jammu and Kashmir. Two more soldiers and another civilian were also injured in the firing.
Similarly, Pakistan started firing 82 mm mortars at 6.25am in Narayanpur and violated the ceasefire in Naushera sector in Rajouri district as well.
Sources said that besides positioning border action teams for the sneak attacks on Indian soldiers, the Pakistani army has deployed additional troops from 12 Mujahideen Battalion, 14 Okra infantry and 19 Mangla infantry close to the de-facto border on their side.
India and Pakistan agreed on a ceasefire in 2003 and both the sides have accused each other of regularly violating the agreement.
Border skirmishes intensified after Pakistani militants attacked a military base in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri, killing 19 Indian soldiers on September 18.
The Uri attack prompted the Indian Army to carry out a surgical strike that destroyed seven terror launch pads and killed an unknown number of terrorists and their sympathisers in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, across the LoC.
Pakistan has violated the ceasefire agreement over 62 times since the September 29 surgical strikes.
Heightened border tensions between the two countries have forced many residents of frontier villages to migrate to safer locations.
India shares 230km of International Border and 740km of LoC with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir. The boundary, manned by the paramilitary BSF runs through Jammu district and the LoC, which is not an internationally-accepted frontier, cuts across other regions of the state.