Indian claims 5 civilians killed; over 30 injured in Pak shelling


JAMMU: An Indian spokesman has claimed that five civilians, including ten-year old boy, were killed while over thirty others, including three BSF jawans, were injured as Pakistani Rangers for the ninth consecutive day shelled five sectors targetting border posts and the villages on the International Border (IB) in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts on Wednesday.
Two civilians each were killed in Ramgarh sector of Samba district and R S Pura sector of Jammu district while one was killed in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district.
The total death toll in current spell of firing going on for nine days has reached to 12, including two BSF personnel and an eight-month old infant, till date and over fifty persons have sustained injuries.
In a string of tragedies, which have struck border residents, a heart-wrenching catastrophe this morning unfolded in the family of Samba minor, ten-year Krishna, who died of splinter injuries while playing with his brother outside his residence in Bain Glad area in Ramgarh sector. His thirteen-old brother Shivpal too was critically injured.
In Hiranagar sector of Kathua district, R S Pura, Arnia, Bishnah areas of Jammu district and Ramgarh and Samba sectors firing and shelling continued since last night triggering a migration of over 50,000 people from these areas. Educational institutions continued to remain closed. In all, over 50 Border Out Posts of Border Security Force and over 60,000 borders residents all along 195 kilometers International Border were affected in the ongoing Pak shelling.
Five deceased were identified as Krishna, 10, and Champa Devi both residents of Bain Glad area in Ramgarh sector of Samba district, Rampal Sharma (55), resident of Londhi Hiranagar, Raghuveer Singh (50) of Satowali RS Pura and Bhajan Singh Samkha of R S Pura.