Pak Again Opens Fire In Samba Sector

9 January 2015
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria

Jammu: Pakistan opened small arms fire on four Indian posts today along the international border in the Samba sector while the Special Operations Group of the police and the Army were called out for a search operation in the Hiranagar subsector of Kathua district. 'Around 6.45 am today, a woman saw three or four suspected militants in a field in Haria Chak village and informed the police,' said an Intelligence source. While the SOG launched a search operation, around 8.30 am three gunshots were heard in the nearby Ladwal prompting the Army to move out and join the search, he added. A massive search operation is on in Haria Chak and the Chhap nullah and Ujh river areas to trace the suspected ultras. Kathua Deputy Commissioner Shahid Iqbal Choudhary confirmed the development. 'Following a tip-off by a woman, searches are being carried out but so far nothing has been found. There were also three gun shots this morning,' he said. Barring these developments, Kathua by and large is peaceful, he added. Haria Chak is the same place where three heavily armed Pakistani militants had surfaced after infiltrating via the Chhap nullah on September 26, 2013. They had then staged terror attacks on Hiranagar police station in Kathua and an Army camp in Samba killing10 persons, including a Lt Colonel and three soldiers, four policemen and two civilians. Earlier, Pakistan, after a lull of three days, fired at four Indian posts in the Samba sector prompting the BSF to retaliate in equal measure. No loss of life or damage to property was reported on the Indian side. The gun duel ended around 5 am today. 'Around 12.15 am on Friday, Pakistan Rangers opened small arms fire from their New Pak Post, Razab Shaheed, on Suchetgarh, Regal and Chalyari posts of the BSF in Samba,' said an Intelligence source. The area is being guarded by the 9 Battalion of the BSF, which has lost two of its jawans in Pakistani shelling. He said the Rangers fired 250 rounds while the BSF fired 332 rounds of small arms. Meanwhile, 14 relief camps in Kathua and nine in Samba continued to operate. The dwellers' count, however, has come down to 7,000 from 9,000. 'The number of dwellers is thinning following a lull in the shelling by Pakistan but the administration is keeping a close watch on the border,' said the Samba DC, Mubarak Singh.