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BSF jawan, girl killed as Pakistan shells villages in Jammu


Jammu, Jan 18: A teenage girl and a BSF jawan were killed while six others injured as Pakistan Rangers heavily shelled Border Out Posts and villages along the International Border in three sectors of Jammu and Samba districts on Thursday.

A villager displays a mortar shell allegedly fired on a residential area from the Pakistan side at the India-Pakistan international border at Pindi Camp in Arnia Sector about 40km from Jammu on Thursday. PTI Photo

The Pakistan Rangers opened fire and shelled areas along the IB in in R S Pura, Arnia and Ramgarh sectors since 2100 hours last night.

They targeted over a dozen Border Out Posts (BoPs) in three sectors throughout the night, he said, adding BSF troops gave a befitting reply by carrying out effective retaliation.

A police officer said Pakistani troops targeted over 20 hamlets along the IB. The firing and shelling continued till 0645 hours and is going on intermittently when reports last came in, they said. In the shelling, a BSF jawan and a 17-year-old girl were killed while five civilians and a BSF jawan were injured and have been hospitalised, they said.

The jawan was identified as Head Constable A Suresh of 78 battalion of the BSF. He belonged to Tamil Nadu.The deceased girl has been identified as Neelam Devi.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Jammu Arun Manhas said the district administration asked all its officers to remain in a state of highest preparedness in view of continuous ceasefire violations by Pakistan. He, however, said villagers have not been evacuated so far.

The issue was also raised in the Assembly by BJP MLA and state president Sat Sharma and NC MLA Mian Altaf.


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