September 2017 News

Woman Killed, 5 Hurt In Pak Shelling

17 September 2017
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Amir Karim Tantray

Jammu: A woman was killed and five others were injured in Pakistani shelling across the International Border that erupted on Saturday night and continued till Sunday morning. Ratno Devi (65) of Alla village in the Arnia sector received multiple injuries when a mortar shell landed on her house around 3 am on Sunday while she was sleeping. She was taken to Government Medical College, Jammu, where she succumbed to her injuries. Her husband Chuni Lal and daughter-in-law Rajni Devi also received injuries in the incident. The border town of Arnia was also hit by mortars, leaving three persons injured. While Maya Devi was critically wounded in in the ward number 4, Rajni Kumari and her son Shubham received splinter injuries in other areas. Since September 13, the Pakistan Rangers have become aggressive on the border. The BSF is retaliating to the fire strongly. On Friday, Constable Bijender Bahadur of the BSF was killed in Pakistani shelling in the Arnia sector and a civilian was injured. Shelling and firing that started on Saturday night stopped around 7 am on Sunday. Since then there was a calm on border, claimed a BSF official. The shelling comes days after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh claimed there was peace on the International Border because of the government's tough stance against Pakistani aggression. During his visit to a relief camp in Nowshera town of Rajouri district on September 11, Rajnath Singh had claimed that peace had prevailed on the border as the Centre had given a free hand to the BSF to respond to any Pakistani misadventure. He had also claimed that like the International Border, peace would soon prevail on the Line of Control as well and Pakistan would be taught a lesson. Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Sunday visited Government Medical College, Jammu, to enquire about the condition of people injured in cross-border firing on Saturday night in the Arnia sector of Jammu district. Accompanied by senior officials of the Health Department, he interacted with doctors and enquired about the treatment being provided to the shelling victims.

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