Heavy exchange of firing between BSF and Pak rangers was reported from across one dozen border outposts along the International border in Jammu frontier late sunday evening forcing the border residents in the direct line of fire to shift to safer places.
Pak rangers pounded over one dozen BOPs along IB in Jammu frontier
According to official sources, Pak rangers violated the ceasefire agreement at least five times in different sectors along the IB triggering fresh wave of panic in the border areas.
Unconfirmed reports claimed large number of local villagers in Samba sector shifted to safer places in the wake of heavy exchange of fire in different sectors of Samba, Arnia, RS Pura, Pargwal and Hiranagar.
According to BSF sources, the ceasefire violations were reported in Pargwal, Hiranagar, Abdullain area of RS Pura in the first half of the day while heavy exchange of firing was reported in Samba and RS Pura sector after 8.30 p.m
The first violation took place in Pargwal and Hiranagar sector and later Pak rangers targeted Abdullian in RS Pura around 12.45 p.m.Late in the evening Pak rangers opened unprovoked firing in the Arnia and RS Pura sector again around 8.30.p.m and according to BSF sources heavy exchange of firing was still going on.
The Pak rangers,according to BSF sources were using automatic weapons and mortars to target the Indian posts in different sectors.
Meanwhile, large number of villagers who had shifted to safer placed decided to return to their homes in Samba accusing the state govt authorities of not extending any possible help.The villagers also held protest demonstration against the district administration for not coming to their rescue.
The response of the district authorities has also raised question marks on the level of preparedness of the state agencies in preparing contingency plans.