Heavy Firing On LoC, IB Continues

Heavy Firing On LoC, IB Continues

13 August 2013
The Daily Excelsior


Jammu: Heavy firing by Pakistan Army continued throughout last night in Mendhar, Hamirpur and Balakote sectors in Poonch district using heavy firearms including Medium Machine Guns, Mortars and Pika guns causing panic among the people living in forward areas. Pakistani Rangers also resorted to fresh firing along in Ramgarh sector of Samba district this morning. Heavy exchange of fire eruptedon the border as Pakistani troops violated the ceasefireyet again this morning-the eighth in the last four days-targeting Indian borderposts in Ramgarh sector of Samba district this morning. “There was firing by Pakistani Rangers at Narayanpur and surrounding Border Out Post (BOP) in Ramgarh forward area at 7.30 am today by the Pakistani Rangers,” official sources said. The BSF retaliated effectively, they added and said: “no casualties or damage was reported on the Indian side’’. Possibility of some damages on the posts of Rangers was not ruled out. The firing came from Ashraf post of Pakistani Rangers, where presence of some militants was also detected. Sources said the Rangers wanted to push trained militants into this side under the cover of firing but the alert BSF jawans have thwarted their plans. There was panic among the farmers putting up in forward areas of Ramgarh following repeated incidents of firing by the Rangers. The farmers were worried that continued firing from across the International Border could affect the crop season. Pakistani troops continued firing at Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Mendhar, Hamirpur and Balakote forward areas in Poonch district throughout the last night. The firing that started around 9 pm continued till 4.30 am at Mendhar and Hamirpur and 6 am at Balakote. Sources said the Indian side gave effective reply to the firing. Pakistan side used heavy firearms like MMG, Mortars and Pika guns to target Indian posts. Some shells and bullets were reported to have landed in the houses of the people, living in forward areas triggering panic. The people were worried that escalated tensions on the LoC from Pakistan could force them to shift to safer areas just like the pre-ceasefire violation days. Sources said there were no casualties or damage on the Indian side in the firing. Pakistani Rangers had also firedon Kothay Border Out Post along IB in Samba sector at 7.30 pm last night. On August 12, Pakistani troops had opened heavy fire using mortars, rockets and small arms on 11 Indian forward posts along the LoC in Digwar, Mankote and Durga Battalion areas. On August 11, a BSF jawan was injured in Pakistani firing at Alfa Machail forward Posts along Indo-Pakistan border in Jammu. The jawan, Pradeep Kumar was yesterday taken to New Delhi in their plane by BSF chief Subhash Joshi, who had visited forward areas in Jammu sector along with senior officers, for specialized treatment. Pakistanitroops had targeted several Indian Posts by firing 7000 rounds of heavyammunition and mortar shells in Poonch district on August 10. On August 5, Head Constable BSF Ram Niwas Meenaof 200th Battalion was injured in sniper firing on Narayanpur BOParea in Samba district. Meena, who sufferedbullet injury in chest, died in AIIMS in New Delhi on August 11. On August 6, a group of 20 heavily armed men led by Pakistani troops had entered 450 meters into the Indian territory in Poonch sector and ambushed a patrol killing five Indian soldiers and injured another. Unprovoked firing from across the Line of Control was resumed by Pakistani troops late this evening at Hamirpur and Mendhar sector in Poonch tonight. Reports said that Pakistani troops used small and automatic weaponry for targeting the Indian positions along the LoC. The alert Indian jawans effectively retaliated the Pak firing leading to fierce gunfight on the LoC at Hamirpur and Mendhar Battalion area, defence sources said. The firing resumed around 9 p.m and continued for more than an hour. However, there was no loss of life or any other damage on this side, sources added.