Pak yet again shells border villages, child killed, cop among 9 injured

Jammu, May 21: Pakistan troops yet again violated the ceasefire by firing heavily along international border in Arnia and Ramgarh sectors of Jammu and Samba respectively.
Earlier in the day a minor child was killed as he was hit by a bullet during an intermittent firing in Jagowal area of Pallwanwala in Akhnoor belt while nine people including a police personnel and a woman sustained injuries as Pakistani fired heavily in Arnia and R S Pura sector of Jammu.
“After Arnia and R S Pura, Pakistan opened front in Ramgarh Sector of Samba late evening on Monday,” police sources here said.
They said that mortars were fired while the firing also started in Arnia Sub-sector of Jammu.
However nine persons so far including a constable of Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday sustained injuries as Pakistan violated ceasefire by shelling forward villages along international border in Arnia sector here.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also visited to border and met with the families of shelling victims.
She visited to village Chandu Chak to meet the relatives of Tarsem Ram and his wife Manjeet Kour, who were killed in firing on May 18.
Pakistan on Monday morning at around 0700 hours, started heavy shelling in Arnia and R S Pura sectors along the International Border.
“Pakistani troops started firing and shelling targeting Indian positions and civilian areas in Arnia and R S Pura while BSF gave befitting reply to Pakistan’s shelling,” a senior BSF official said.
He said that heavy cross border shelling remained continue on around 10 border outposts and an equal number of villages and hamlets were trgetted by Pakistan forces.
Schools in the area have been closed till the next order, sources added.
People have started migrating to the safer locations and took shelter in government buildings and temples.
According to the BSF, “Pakistani troops started mortar shelling in civilian areas in Arnia sector around 0700 hours.”
Border Out Posts (BoPs) of Vikram, Chinaz and Jabowal were hit by Pakistani shelling.
BSF troops guarding the border retaliated and the heavy exchange of fire between the two sides stopped around 1400 hours, a BSF officer officer said.
Pakistan Rangers rained mortar shells on Arnia town. A mortar shell landed at a police station, damaging its wall and some parked vehicles. It also killed a special police officer (SPO).
The heavy firing triggered panic among locals. Many of them fled from home and took shelter in camps set up by the government.
According to the officials, the intense Pakistani shelling started a day after it “pleaded” with the BSF to stop firing, after being pounded with heavy artillery that left a Pakistani trooper dead.
In the firing by Pakistani troops along the LoC in Pallanwala sector in Jammu district, eight-month-old Nitin Kumar was killed in Sherpalai hamlet, a police officer said.
Senior Superintendent of Police, Jammu, Vivek Gupta said six people including the SPO and 62-year-old woman Darshana Devi were injured in Pakistani shelling and have been hospitalised.
All schools within five kilometres of the border have been closed as a precautionary measure, he said.
The state has witnessed a spurt in Pakistani shelling and firing along the IB and the LoC this year. Over 700 such incidents have been reported this year, which have left 38 people, including 18 security personnel, dead and scores injured.