After a major ceasefire violation which killed 5 civilians on Sunday, at least 3 civilians are injured on in heavy firing and worst mortar shelling by Pakistan rangers on Monday, along the international border in Jammu district.
According to reports, this is the 17th time that Pakistan violating the ceasefire. Pakistan Rangers targeted 40 Border out Posts and 25 border hamlets by resorting to heavy mortar shelling and firing in Jammu and Samba districts of Jammu and Kashmir.
Five have been killed and 29 were injured in the indiscriminate mortar shelling and automatic weapons firing by Pakistan in Arnia sub-sector of Jammu district earlier. Reports say that the Indian government said its forces were responding to the "provocations" and the firing, which was not conducive to normalising relations between the two countries.
According to a spokesperson, "BSF troops at all the places gave a strong and befitting reply to firing from Pakistan." He said that the there is no loss of life or damage to BSF.
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said in New Delhi, “Defence forces and paramilitary forces are fully ready and are responding to each of their (Pakistan’s) provocations". He commented that the environment being created by Pakistan will not help in normalising relationship between the two countries.
According to reports, District Magistrate of Jammu Ajeet Kumar Sahu said that there has been heavy firing and mortar shelling on 20 to 25 border hamlets along the IB in Arnia, R S Pura, Pargwal, Ganjansoo and Kanachak belts of Jammu district since last night.
Meanwhile, according to reports, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that Pakistan "should understand the reality that times have changed in India". He said that he had asked BSF director general DK Pathak to rush to the border areas where incidents of ceasefire violations had been reported.
Six persons have been killed and 50 others including BSF jawan injured in Pakistani shelling and firing along LoC and IB in Jammu and Poonch districts in the ceasefire violations this month.