Shelling by Pakistani troops continues, 727 border dwellers evacuated; schools are closed

Story By: Rajesh Sharma
Friday, September, 22 2017 - 14:24

There has been continuous firing and shelling by Pakistani troops along the IB and the Line of Control (LoC) this week.

As per reports, Pakistan targeted several BSF posts and villages close to the international border. Two people including a woman and a BSF jawan were killed, and eight civilians were injured. Many houses were badly damaged and over a dozen cattle were killed in the firing.

“Pakistan Rangers started unprovoked firing and later shelling in the Arnia Sector, targeting BSF posts. The firing continued till this morning (Thursday),” the officer told reporters, adding that Indian troops retaliated effectively.

As many as 727 border dwellers living in Arnia, RS Pura and Ramgarh sectors have been evacuated to safer places by the police.

For the last one week, schools at the international border at Arnia in Jammu and Kashmir are shut.

Following Pakistani shelling, 50 schools have been closed in border belt of Arnia sector with a total enrolment of 5,000 students.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has appealed for forces to stop cross border shelling.

Speaking at a public rally in the border town of Tanghdhar near the Line of Control, she said India must show magnanimity and lend a hand of peace towards Pakistan.


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