Yet another incident of ceasefire violation by the Pakistani rangers resulted in the death of a woman and major injuries to many others. Ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit here, Pakistani Rangers today resorted to mortar shelling in Akhnoor sector of Jammu district, including a BSF jawan. Sources identified the deceased as Bholi Devi of Pargwal. Four of the injured also hailed from Pargwal area and they got injured when a Pakistani shell landed on their village, they said, adding that the BSF jawan sustained a bullet injury in Kanachak area.
“The Pakistani Rangers opened ‘sniper fire’ on a BSF constable guarding a border outpost along the International Border in Kanachak sector of Akhnoor tehsil in Jammu district around 0845 hours,” a senior BSF officer said.
The BSF troops took positions and retaliated, resulting in exchange of fire. The injured jawan Anjali Kumar has been hospitalized. Pakistani Rangers also targeted civilian border areas by resorting to small arms firing and shelling of mortar bombs in Bhalwal Bharth, Malabela, Siderwan areas and BoPs at 0910 hours, a police officer said. Three mortar shells landed deep inside Kanachak sector along the IB, they said.
Sources said that there was growing desperation on the Pakistan side and it wanted to push in maximum number of terrorists to disrupt prevailing peace, especially at a time when the Amarnath yatra whas been running smoothly in South Kashmir Himalayas.