Heavy overnight shelling and firing by Pakistan along International Border in Jammu and Kashmir; over 9,000 people flee homes

Jammu(Agency): Stepping up ceasefire violations, Pakistani Rangers on Monday midnight resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir.

According to reports, 45 Border Security Force (BSF) posts were targeted by Pakistani troops in Samba, Hiranagar, Kathua, Ramgad and Arnia sectors.

On Monday one Border Security Force (BSF) personnel was killed in ceasefire violation along the International Border in Samba District.

On January 3, two army jawans and a woman were killed while 11 people were injured in the firing. While Pakistani firing on January 1 had left two persons dead, including a BSF jawan, and nine injured. Five Pakistani Rangers had been killed in retaliatory firing.

The cross border shelling has sparked fresh wave of fear prompting at least 9,000 people living in the border villages to migrate and take shelter in temporary relief camps set up by the Jammu and Kashmir government in safer places.

Around 4,500 people have migrated from 11 villages after shelling across International Border in Kathua district. District administration has established 10 relief camps at Haria Chak, Hiranagar, Nagial, Plat, Chak Kanha, Banyari, Chadwal, Sherpur, Nagri and Sallan where 1,841 migrants of 491 families have been provided safe accommodation and basic amenities.