J&K bleeds; 6 more killed on both sides of border

3 civilians killed in Jammu, soldier killed in Poonch; 30 injured

Yogesh Sagotra
Jammu, Publish Date: Jan 20 2018 11:59PM | Updated Date: Jan 21 2018 1:37AM
J&K bleeds; 6 more killed on both sides of borderGK Photo

Three civilians and an Army soldier were killed as Pakistani Army and Rangers continued mortar shelling and firing along the international border and Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir for the third day on Saturday, officials said.

The deceased civilians have been identified as Ghara Ram of Kapurpur, Ghara Singh of Abdullian village of R S Pura sector and Terseem Singh of Gajansoo of Kanachak sector.

A soldier was killed in sniper fire from across the LoC in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch. He was identified as Sepoy Mandeep Singh of village Alampur in Punjab’s Sangroor district.

“Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms and automatics in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch. In the exchange of fire, Sepoy Mandeep Singh was grievously injured and succumbed to his injuries,” a Jammu based defence spokesperson said.

“Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively,” the spokesperson added.

As per police sources more than 30 persons were injured in the shelling from Samba to Poonch involving more than 40 sectors on International Border and Line of Control in four districts of Jammu.

Giving details, sources said that they was firing on forward Indian positions and civilian areas in Samba, R S Pura, Suchetgarh, Kanachak, Pargwal sectors on IB and Akhnoor, Sunderbani, Rajouri, Krishna Ghati, Bhimber Gali sectors on LoC.

Additional DC Jammu Arun Manhas said that district administration has shifted all the villagers to safe place. He said that a large fleet of bullet proof vehicles of security forces and ambulances remained stationed at forwards villages for any emergency evacuation.

SSP Samba Anil Mangotra told Greater Kashmir that people were advised to stay in relief camps and not roam out when firing is on. He said that police is providing all required assistance to the people on borders.

Sahid Iqbal Choudary, DC Rajouri said that administration is on alert.

“Alert has been already issued. There was firing in Manjakot sector in which civilian area was affected,” he said adding, “Situation is being closely monitored.”

Meanwhile, the state government has ordered closure of schools falling within five kilometre distance from the international border and Line of Control in Jammu region for three days.

People at a number of villages falling on the zero line along international border in R S Pura, Arnia and Ramgarh sectors have shifted to the houses of their relatives in safer areas.

Since Wednesday, nine people including soldiers have been killed and over three dozen, mostly civilians, injured in shelling and small arms fire from across the international border and LoC.


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