In a befitting response to Pakistan’s relentless firing across the Line of Control, India’s Border Security Force (BSF) troops destroyed not one, but six of enemy outposts across the border.
The heavy firing from Indian forces silenced the Pakistan rangers for a while and they could not return any firing till late on Sunday. Although no one was injured by India’s firepower that went on upto the wee hours of Monday morning, the entire Pakistan border zone seemed to have been struck by a panic stroke.
The villages on Pakistan’s border zone were abandoned from the time India started to retaliate to the unprovoked firing that the Pakistani forces were indulging in. Spurts of firing from the Pakistan side started at around 8:30 to 9 PM on Saturday night and continued till Monday morning 5:30 AM. While the Pakistani villagers fled to escape India’s firing, Pakistan’s sudden firing created mayhem on the Indian side. Nearly two dozen villages along Arnia and R.S. Pura areas were badly hit. People were terror-stricken, hidden in their own homes since the sudden firing gave them no scope to escape.
Meanwhile, on orders from district administration, the schools within 5 km radius of the affected border zone have been closed for the last five days. According to Indian Army sources, rescue operations have been on with nearly 20,000 people from the nearby villages being moved to safer locations. Furthermore, the administration has also set up rescue camps, where more than a thousand people are now living.
According to the IG of BSF Jammu Frontier, Ram Avatar, the Indian Army is giving a perfect answer to Pakistan’s sudden, ceaseless firing. Targets are being made across the borders, where the Indian Army is firing 82 mm mortar shells continuously.
In Arnia sector the firing by Pakistani forces has taken three lives, which includes a border guard, while six others have been gravely injured.
More than a dozen houses are reported to have suffered damage because of the firing done by Pakistan. Six cattle have been killed and more than three dozens have been injured in the cross-border firing incident.