Pakistan Rangers violate ceasefire along IB in Jammu: BSF

Officials say unprovoked firing triggered panic among villagers, moved to safer locations

Jammu: Pakistan Rangers on Thursday violated the ceasefire by resorting to unprovoked firing along the International Border in R S Pura area of Jammu’s Arnia sector, officials said here.

A Border Security Force spokesperson told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that firing started at around 8 pm when Pak rangers targeted some Indian posts without any provocation. He said that the firing was effectively retaliated to by the BSF troops.

The unprovoked firing from across the border triggered panic among the residents and people moved to safes locations. “A large number of people living in villages near zero line were seen moving towards areas of R S Pura , Bishnah and Jammu, which is considered as out of firing range.

The local administration also rushed to assist the people with opening schools and Panchant Ghars as shelters for them,” said an official. This is the second ceasefire incident this month in the same area. Earlier, on October 17 two BSF jawans were injured in firing by Pakistan Rangers.

Notably, this is the first major incident of ceasefire violation after the February 2021 pact between the Indian troops and the Pakistan Army—(KNO)

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