Pakistan Violates Ceasefire In Samba After Lull

19 January 2015
Times of India
Sanjay Khajuria

Jammu: Barely a day after the US warning to Pakistan to ensure no cross border terror incidents, Pakistan Rangers violated the ceasefire by firing at a forward Border Outpost along the International Border in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir. However the BSF did not retaliate and observed restraint. Official sources said that Pakistan Rangers on Monday afternoon fired three rounds at Chinaz post. Sources added that the BSF troops manning the forward post did not return the cross border fire by the Pakistan Rangers. They also said that that no injury or loss was reported in the incident. Amidst increased tensions due to the Pakistani shelling, in Kathua and Samba districts since the start of the New Year a BSF trooper was killed and a woman critically injured on January 5 in Samba district. The Border Security Force (BSF) constable - identified as Devinder Singh of the 9th battalion - was killed in shelling by the Pakistan Rangers on Kheora post while the woman identified as Shibo Devi, wife of Dewan Chand and a resident of Baingalard village in Samba was hit by a mortar splinter. Over 3,000 people in border villages in Samba and Kathua had left their homes and relocated to makeshift accommodations in safer places and camps established by the respective district administrations in the two border districts.