There was firing and shelling of mortar bombs on 14 forward posts and civilians areas in RS Pura, Pargwal, Samba, Hiranagar and Jagnockah border belts along IB in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts during the night, police officials said on Saturday.
Pakistani troops fired 82 mm mortars which landed in civilian areas in R S Pura, triggering panic among border dwellers. In Nikowal border belt, two BSF jawans sustained minor splinter injuries, the police officials said.
BSF troops guarding the borderline with Pakistan took positions and retaliated effectively resulting in exchanges which stopped this morning, they said.
Nine persons, including five civilians have been injured in Pakistan firing and shelling in the past 24 hours.
In the backdrop of the increased ceasefire violations by Pakistan, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde is visiting forward areas along the IB to review the security situation on October 22.
Pakistan Rangers had on Friday resorted to unprovoked firing on 10 BoPs and forward civilian areas along IB in R S Pura, Pargwal, Samba areas of Jammu and Samba districts. In Nikowal BoP, two BSF constables Gangan Thakur and Hasda were injured.
Pakistani troops have been repeatedly violating the ceasefire. On October 17, Pakistan Army had pounded civilian areas along IB in Najwal-Pargwal belt of Jammu resulting in injuries to five persons, including 3 children, in Jammu district, prompting retaliation from Indian troops.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had requested the Government to take up the ceasefire violation issue firmly with Pakistan.
"It is not clear who is behind this and with what motive this is being done. Some days back our Prime Minister met the Pakistan Prime Minister in New York. They talked about ceasefire violations and it was decided that the army DGMOs of both countries should talk and find a way out," he had said.
Over 130 ceasefire violations have been reported in 2013, the highest in the past 8 years.


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