BSF, police launch ‘search ops’ along IB in Samba
STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: The Pakistan Army resorted to shelling of mortars and small arms from across the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) in Poonch, Baramulla and Kathua districts of Jammu and Kashmir, injuring two people, officials said on Thursday.
A defence spokesperson said the Indian Army was giving a befitting reply.
“Around 11.30 am, Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing of small arms and shelling with mortars along the Line of Control in Shahpur, Kirni and Qasba sectors of Poonch district,” he said. The Pakistani troops also resorted to heavy shelling of mortars from 12.10 am till 2.15 am in Mendhar sector and in the morning in Shahpur Krini, officials said.
Mohmmad Saleem (24) and 13-yr-old Tanvir Akhtar in Bandi Chichiya were injured in the overnight shelling and they have been hospitalised, they said, adding 10 houses suffered minor damage.
Pakistan used artillery guns, which covered long distances to hit villages including Nuna Bandi, almost 12 kilometers from LoC, triggering panic and fear among the locals. Several houses were damaged in the shelling, officials said.
In North Kashmir, Pakistan troops resorted to heavy shelling on forward posts and villages in Silikote and Charanda in Uri sector of Baramulla district overnight, they said, adding in Kathua district, Pakistan Rangers resorted to heavy shelling and firing along the International Border in Hiranagar sector overnight.
Meanwhile, the BSF and police have launched a joint search operation to sanitise areas along the International border (IB) in Samba district, a senior police officer said.
“We have launched a joint operation along the IB to conduct searches along forward areas in Samba district today (Thursday),” SSP Samba, Shakti Pathak, told reporters here.
This is being done to enhance the security setup along the IB due to the threat posed by Pakistani troops.
The five-km area along the IB was searched and sanitised, Pathak said, adding that all border areas will be sanitised as part of the operation.