Jammu: The Indian army along with Border Security Forces (BSF) today killed two Pakistani soldiers and destroyed at least 14 bunkers of Pakistani army in Ramgarh and Arnia sectors near the International border.
In worst ever shelling and firing along the borders, desperate Pakistani troops today targeted innocent civilian population in Ramgarh sector of Samba district along the International Border (IB) and parts of Poonch and Rajouri districts along Line of Control (LoC) killing eight civilians including four women and two children and injuring 22 others, three of them Army porters after which the Army and BSF retaliated killing two Pakistan army men opposite Nowshera and decimating 14 posts of the Rangers across Ramgarh and Arnia sectors on the IB.
Such was intensity of the shelling that several mortars fell in Mendhar and Ramgarh towns, killing and injuring many civilians and causing extensive destruction of the property. Number of cattle perished in the shelling.
As tensions escalated along both IB and LoC that covered almost all five border districts of Jammu region including Jammu, Samba and Kathua along the IB and Poonch and Rajouri on the LoC, the administration ordered closure of over 400 Government and private schools in these districts, which fall within the firing and shelling range of Pakistani troops for next two days.
In Jammu district, 174 schools have been closed on the IB and LoC while 45 schools were closed in Samba district, 84 in Poonch, 30 in Rajouri and 62 in Kathua.
Official sources told the Excelsior that the BSF retaliated fiercely and very aggressively to Pakistan shelling and firing this evening in Ramgarh and Arnia sectors along the IB in Samba and Jammu districts respectively and decimated 14 Pakistani posts, which had been targeting the civilian population in these two areas leading to killings, injuries and destruction of civilian property.
After destruction of these posts in which several Pakistan army personnel or Rangers were killed and injured, intensity of shelling from across the border came down considerably in Ramgarh, Arnia and surrounding areas.
“The BSF action against the Pakistan army, which had taken over majority of posts from the Rangers, was necessitated to stop civilian killings and injuries as six civilians including two children and two women were killed in Ramgarh sector alone and many others were injured,” sources said.
BSF DIG Dharmendra Pareekh wrote: “in calibrated retaliation by BSF on IB in response to unprovoked firing and shelling of Pakistan Rangers in area of Ramgarh and Arnia sectors since morning, BSF targeted Pakistan Rangers’ posts across the IB in same sector and caused heavy damage to approximately 14 Pakistani posts’’.
However, exact number of casualties suffered by Pakistan army and Rangers in destruction of their 14 posts was not known immediately but it was anticipated that those manning these posts were either killed or seriously injured.
Earlier in the day, troops retaliated heavily to Pakistan shelling in Nowshera sector on the LoC in Rajouri district, killing two Pakistan army troopers. The
Pakistani jawans were killed in a forward post, which was destroyed by the Indian side for targeting civilians and porters in Kallal, where four persons including three porters were injured.