Six civilians and an officer from the Border Security Force were injured in the heavy firing by the Pakistani troops along the International Border in the Jammu and Kashmir's RS Pura sector. The heavy shelling, continued overnight, resulted in the closure of schools in the area. The authorities have moved the people to safer areas.
"Assistant Sub Inspector of BSF AK Upadhayay was injured when a shell exploded near him in the RS Pura sector. He had received splinter injures in his hand," a BSF spokesman said. He added that the BSF gave a "befitting reply" to the firing by Pakistan Rangers.
Jammu Deputy Commissioner Simrandeep Singh said that the Pakistani troops has on last night targeted civilian areas including Sai Kalan, Bure Jaal, Treva and Arnia.
"Shelling started in Sai Kalan also. Arnia also came under shelling from 0130 hours. People were inside their houses, so no human casualty," he said.
"At 2035 hours, Pakistani troops from two posts started firing flat trajectory weapons in the areas of RS Pura," Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of BSF, Jammu Frontier, Dharmendra Pareek said.
He said thet the Pakistani side was targeting the Indian posts and civilian areas with heavy mortar and small arms fire. The BSF is effectively retaliating and the firefight is going on, Mr Pareek said.
Pakistan resorted to heavy mortar shelling in the Arnia town of the district. "Heavy mortar shelling has started at Arnia also," Simrandeep Singh said.
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