Two civilians killed, six injured as Pakistani Rangers opened heavy fire on Jammu villages

In an early-morning ceasefire violation along the border in Jammu and Samba districts, the officials said two people including a woman were killed on Friday and at least six injured when Pakistani troops targeted Indian villages with artillery and mortar. The matter took place amidst an eruption along the highly militarized border between the two neighbors, who often accuse each other of violating a 2003 ceasefire.

The neighboring country’s border force (Pakistani Rangers) opened heavy fire and shot mortars on Indian villages and posts in RS Pura, Arnia and Ramgarh sub-sectors since 6:30 am on Friday, a senior BSF official said. The official said, “Our troops are responding appropriately.” The killed villagers identified by the official as Bacho Devi, Sai Khurd and Sahil Kumar of Korotana. The schools within a 4 km radius of the border have been closed as a precautionary measure, said Dr. Arun Kumar Manhas, additional deputy commissioner of Jammu district. The people of the affected areas are not coming out of their houses due to being frightened over the intense shelling.

The audio clips of big explosions could be heard as its being shared on various WhatsApp groups. A police officer from Samba said that Pakistani rangers targeted Indian posts at Chambliyal, Fathwal, SM Pura and Narianpur with heavy and small arms. Later, he informed that Pakistan prolonged the arc of fire and targeted seven more Indian posts – Kandral, Nanga, Majra, SP-1, SP-2, Tanver and Mallu chak. In the current series of fire, Pakistani troops have been targeting almost 40 villages and hamlets.

Firing at LoC, Killed 2, Pakistan Summons India's Deputy High Commissioner

On Saturday, Pakistan summoned India’s deputy high commissioner in Islamabad over alleged firing along the Line of Control, which killed two persons and wounded three others. Previous to this, Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson said in a statement that the Pakistan accused India of breaching the ceasefire along the LoC in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in which two persons were killed and three injured. The statement stated that the Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh was summoned over the alleged firing by Indian forces in Chirikot and Satwal sectors.

The allegedly firing led to killing two residents, including one woman, and three other people were injured as well. The Foreign Office said that Director-General (South Asia & SAARC) Mohammad Faisal called upon the Indian High Commissioner and “condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces”. The Foreign Office said, “The Director-General urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement, investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations, instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC.”

In the meantime, an army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor said, “Pakistan Army troops responded effectively to Indian unprovoked firing.” The recent conflicts occurred on the death anniversary of militant commander Burhan Wani who was killed last year in Kashmir.