January 2018 News

Tensions Soar As India-Pakistan Armies Trade Fire

19 January 2018
Brighter Kashmir

Srinagar: Two civilians and two soldiers (a BSF soldier and an army man) were killed as Indian and Pakistani troops traded heavy gunfire and shelling in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. The fresh exchange of fire took place a day after Director General (DG) Border Security Force (BSF) said the situation is tense on the border. Yesterday, a BSF soldier and three civilians were killed and at least five civilians injured in fire on both sides of the divide. While a BSF soldier and a minor girl were killed in RS Pura and Arnia sectors, Pakistan said that two women were killed in 'unprovoked' Indian fire and five civilians, including three women were injured. On Friday morning, the armies of two countries traded heavy gunfire in R S Pura and Ramgarh sectors along the International border. The BSF man was deployed at Chelariayn post in Ramgarh - Head Constable Jagvir Singh, who was injured and rushed to the district hospital, have succumbed, official reports said. They said two more BSF personnel were injured at Mallu Chak and Nanga Post in Ramgarh. 'Pakistan in the afternoon started firing unprovoked heavily in Jhangar sector on LoC in Nowshera,' an official here said. He said troops are actively and 'befittingly responding to the firing.' 'An alert was already sounded along the border while schools in this area have also been closed as a preventive measure,' they said. Pakistan on Friday shelled forward villages and Border Outposts in three bordering districts of Jammu region in which two civilians had died and BSF personnel were martyred and 14 injured, an official here said. 'Pakistan early morning fired heavily in Arnia, R S Pura sectors of Jammu and also targeted villages in Ramgarh sector of Samba and Hiranagar sector of Kathua,' an official here said. 'Exchange of fire is still on,' he added. He said BSF troops are 'befittingly replying to the cross border firing.' The deceased were identified as Bachno Devi,50, wife of Jeet Raj, resident of Saikhurd, Arnia and Sahil, 25, son of Krishan Lal, resident of Kortana RS Pura. Some of the injured were identified as Jeet Raj, 55, his son Ravi Kumar and Krsihan Lal, 50 from R S Pura are hospitalised, Nanak Raj, 52, resident of Mahah Shah, Ranjeet Singh,35, resident of Khokharey Chak, Ramgarh, Samba. An official said five civilians, including a minor girl, was also injured in cross border firing in Kathua district. 'The schools have been shut in the bordering districts till further orders while government buildings have been identified as shelters to accommodate people shifting from their native places,' he said. Meanwhile, an army man was killed after the armies of India and Pakistan traded heavy fire and shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. 'Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars from 1330 hours in Sunderbani sector along the Line of Control (LoC),' said an official. 'Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively,' he said. In the exchange of fire, Lance Naik Sam Abraham was grievously injured and succumbed to his injuries. 'Lance Naik Sam Abraham, aged 34 belonged to Village Poonakam, District Allepey, Kerala and is survived by his wife Smt Anu Mathew and daughter aged 1 year and 10 months.' A BSF soldier and a lady had died on Thursday in cross-border firing in Arnia sector. DG BSF K K Sharma in Jammu on Thursday had said that situation is tense and war like along border, LC and commanders on ground have been asked to give a strong reply to the Pak firing. Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh, today visited Government Medical College & Hospital (GMC&H) here, to enquire about the condition of people injured in cross-border firing last night in RS Pura, Suchetgarh and Arnia sector of Jammu region. Dy CM enquired about the condition of the injured and medical facilities provided to them. He was briefed by a team of doctors, led by Principal, GMC, Dr. Sunanda Raina, Medical Superintendent about the treatment being provided to the patients. Dr Singh directed the concerned officials to ensure best medicare to the injured While interacting with the injured patients and their attendants, Dy CM assured them that best medical facilities would be provided to them. Singh also expressed grief and anguish over the killing of three persons during border shelling. In a statement, the Deputy Chief Minister expressed anguish over firing and shelling from across the LoC and International Border and called for ending the hostilities. He said the brunt of border skirmishes is being faced by the people of Jammu and Kashmir, especially those living in forward areas. Deputy Chief Minister expressed solidarity with the bereaved family and prayed for peace to the departed soul and said that those who succumbed to the injuries during cross border firing are Martyrs. He also prayed for early recovery to the thirteen injured persons.