India, Pakistan army continue firing along IB for second day

Two Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers and three civilians were reportedly injured in overnight shelling by Pakistani troops near RS Pura sector, police sources said.

“At least three civilians and two BSF personnel were injured in the ceasefire violation by Pakistan in RS Pura and Ramgarh sub-sectors last (Friday) night,” a police spokesman said.

On Friday night Pakistan’s border guards started the firing. At around 9 pm four mortar shells exploded near a police post at Treva in Arnia sub-sector, a police official said.

He said that Bamboo Chak, Jerda and Jora Farm villages were once again targeted with mortar fire. In adjoining RS Pura sub-sector Satowali, Suchetgarh and Bidhipur villages were shelled.

Three villagers from Satowali who were injured in the Pak shelling were identified as Pushpinder Singh, Subash and Vandana Devi. In Ramgarh sector in Samba, two Indian border guards suffered minor injuries in Pakistani firing.

Continuous ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the international border and the Line of Control (LoC) have forced hundreds of border residents to flee their homes.

Over 500 people were evacuated by the police from a few border hamlets targeted by Pakistani troops, officials said.

Meanwhile, according to the reports, over 20,000 people have been evacuated in Arnia and R S Pura sectors in the past few days. There have been continuous firing and shelling by Pakistani troops along the IB and the LoC between September 13 and September 18.

Firing and shelling resumed on September 21 after a two-day lull. According to the reports, Indian Army strongly retaliated to the ceasefire violation along the international border.

Pertinently, this is the second ceasefire violation in last 24 hours.

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