BSF jawan among 2 in­jured in Pak shelling along IB

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - REGION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

JAMMU: A BSF jawan and a civil­ian were in­jured and four cat­tle were also killed af­ter Pak­istan Rangers opened heavy fire and shot mor­tars tar­get­ing nearly 15 In­dian posts at for­ward vil­lages along the in­ter­na­tional border in Samba and Kathua dis­tricts of Jammu and Kash­mir on Wed­nes­day night, prompt­ing BSF to re­tal­i­ate in equal mea­sure.

In Hi­rana­gar sec­tor of Kathua dis­trict, Pak­istan started fir­ing around 8pm and ad­join­ing Samba dis­trict they started around mid­night, said a BSF of­fi­cer.

The in­jured have been iden­ti­fied as con­sta­ble Pravin Ku­mar Mishra of 80 bat­tal­ion and Daulat Ram, 38, of Londi vil­lage.

The BSF jawan was hit on left side of his ab­domen at Re­gal border out­post in Samba and Daulat Ram was hit in his left leg at Londi in Hi­rana­gar. Both of them have been hos­pi­talised.

Kathua deputy com­mis­sioner Ro­hit Kha­juria said that Pak­istan opened heavy fire last night in Londi and Bob­biya area of Hi­rana­gar in which a man Daulat Ram was in­jured.

“Four cat­tle also died in Pak fir­ing. As a con­tin­gency plan we have placed two bunkers (Casper ve­hi­cles) for shift­ing the vil­lagers to four makeshift camps at safer places. Schools within five km ra­dius of the border re­mained shut to­day,” he said.

Kha­juria said that the ad­min­is­tra­tion was fully alert to the sit­u­a­tion.

The ar­eas af­fected in the two dis­tricts in overnight Pak shelling in­cluded Re­gal, Chal­yari, Chachwal, Maguchak, Suchet­garh, Bob­biya, Londi, Karol Katav, Man­yari and Chann Lal Din. Defence spokesman Lt Col Deven­der Anand said that searches were on since then but there has been no clue as of now.

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