After a brief lull heavy firing by Pak troops in Akhnoor, RS Pura; 1 dead, many injured

JAMMU, JAN 21: After a brief lull, Pakistani Rangers yet again violated the ceasefire agreement by firing and shelling heavily on forward villages along International Border on Sunday. One civilian died and many others were injured in the firing today in Kanachak area of Akhnoor sector. This is the fourth consecutive day that Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire violation.
The guns fell silent on IB after late Saturday night, but Pakistan resorted to heavy unprovoked firing on the Line of Control in Nowshera sector of Rajouri.”Pakistan on Sunday evening fired heavily and targeted civilian population in bordering R S Pura, Pargwal, Kanhachak belts,” said an official. He said that BSF troops were giving befitting and strong reply to the cross border firing.”So far three civilians including two brothers have received splinter injuries,” they said. The injured were Ram Dass Bawa (46) and Gopal Dass Bawa (44) both sons of late Bansi Dass Bawa, residents of Kanhachak. They have been shifted to the Government Medical College and Hospital. Troops guarding the border retaliated the fire and exchange of fire was continuing till last reports came in.
Meanwhile, an Army jawan, injured in Pakistani shelling, succumbed to injuries last night, raising the death toll in the border firing since Thursday to 12, police said. “Pakistan has resumed heavy shelling along LoC in Bhawani, Karali, Said, Numb and Sher Makri areas of Rajouri district this evening,” DC, Rajouri, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said. In Akhnoor, Pakistan resorted to firing along the LoC, police officials said. Indian troops were retaliating, they said.
Sepoy C K Roy, posted in a forward post in Mankote sector of Poonch district, was injured in Pakistani firing yesterday and succumbed to injuries at a military hospital last night, a police official said.
The dead include seven civilians, three army men and two BSF personnel. A BSF jawan and a teenaged girl were killed on Thursday while four persons – two civilians and a BSF and an Army jawan – were killed and over 40 others, including two BSF personnel, injured in the Pakistani firing on Friday.
Three civilians and an Army jawan were killed and 16 others injured in the ceasefire violations yesterday. There was no report of firing by Pakistan along the international border in Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts last night, BSF and police officials said.
“The International Border was almost calm except a few rounds of shelling in Arnia sector last night,” a BSF spokesman said. He said the firing from across the border stopped in Samba and Kathua districts in the afternoon but intermittently went on in some areas of Jammu district.
The last few mortar shells landed in Arnia sector around 10 pm yesterday without causing any damage. There was no report of Pakistani firing from anywhere during the night, he said.
A police official said barring Shahpur sector, the LoC in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri also remained calm as there was no major ceasefire violation by Pakistan since last evening till this evening. Small arms firing from across the border was however, reported from Shahpur sector of Poonch for a few hours till 4 am, but there was no casualty, he said.
He said the authorities are keeping a close eye on the situation and rushed police teams to affected areas to ensure prompt assistance to the people. People were asked to stay indoors and not to touch any suspicious object as it could be an unexploded mortar shell, he said. The firing has forced thousands of people to flee their homes and take shelter in rehabilitation camps or with their relatives. (With Agency inputs)