BORDER SKIRMISHES, LoC FLARE-UP: 8 killed, 23 injured

Deputy Commissioner Samba-Sheetal Nanda told Greater Kashmir that five people were killed and 9 sustained injuries following unprovoked shelling and firing in Ramgarh sector of the district.

Eight people including four women and two children died while 23 others including three army porters were injured Tuesday in the ongoing border spat between Indian and Pakistan forces.

Sources said Pakistani troops pounded civilian areas with shells both along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) in Samba, Poonch, Rajouri and Jammu districts of Jammu region.

Defence sources also claimed that Indian forces killed two Pak soldiers and destroyed around 14 Pakistani posts causing massive damage to the other side in the retaliatory firing from the Indian side.

Deputy Commissioner Samba-Sheetal Nanda told Greater Kashmir that five people were killed and 9 sustained injuries following unprovoked shelling and firing in Ramgarh sector of the district.

“One person has reportedly died of cardiac arrest  during the shelling. We are investigating the reasons behind the sixth death”, the Samba DC said.

Of the nine injured, she said, 6 people have been shifted to the Government Medical College and Hospital Jammu for advanced treatment, while 3   are undergoing treatment at Ramgarh hospital.

“Adequate numbers of government camps have been established to accommodate firing and shelling affected people in the town”, DC Samba said.

SHO Ramgarh- Suraj Pathania indentified the deceased as Ravinder Kour (19) daughter of Zorawar Singh of Jerda, tehsil Ramgarh, Rishav (7) son of Mahesh Kumar of Dablehar, Arun alias Abhi (7) son of Joginder Lal of Kehranwali, Anju Devi (28) wife of Balkar Chand of Rakh Abtal, Swarn Singh (34) son of Mangat Singh of Govindgarh and Mahru Ram (60) son of Nand Lal, of Rangoor Camp.

Those injured have been identified as Ashok Kumar (50) son of Sai Dass, Rakesh Kumar (30) son of Mahru Ram, Muskaan (13) daughter of Balkar Chand, Kamli Devi (50) wife of late Mahru Ram, Pari (1) daughter of Rakesh Kumar, all residents of Rangoor Camp, Ramgarh, Kapil Dev (28) son of Girdhari Lal of Nanga, Bhajan Lal (45) son of Kathu Ram of Chak Babral, Sushma (29) wife of Rakesh Kumar of Rangoor Camp, Ramgarh and Anjana Verma (15) daughter of Kewal Krishan of Nanga.  

Police also said that four persons were injured in Arnia Sector of RS Pura in Jammu district. They have been identified as Darshana Devi (50) wife of Sardari Lal, Bodh Raj (40) son of Dwarka Dass and Chanchlo Devi (40) wife of Pawan Kumar, all residents of Pindi Charkan Kalan, Arnia and Rohit Bhagat (12) son of Darshan Lal of ward no 4 Arnia.  

A woman and her daughter-in-law were killed and three army porters were injured in cross-border shelling in Rajouri district of Jammu region, police said.

An official said that the two woman were killed in Niaka Panjgrian village of Manjakote  Tehsil of the border district, while  3 army porters were injured in shelling in Kalal sector of Nowshera tehsil.  

They said Indian and Pakistan troops exchanged heavy firing and shelling along LoC in   Tarkundi area, including Niaka Panjgrian, where the two women died.  

 “At about 11:30 AM, more than seven mortar shells landed back to back near the house of Sarfaraz Khan in Niaka Panjgrian village killing his 55 year old wife Sultan Begum and 30 year old daughter in law Maqbool Begum Wife of Mohammad Safeer.  

Shelling in the area lasted from 11 AM to 1 PM during which a large number of shells landed in the civilian areas, sources added.

They said a police team led by SHO Manjakote Younis Ahmed reached on the spot and conducted the legal formalities on the spot.

They said a team of doctors also reached on the spot and conducted medical formalities in presence of Tehsildar Manjakote.  Interim relief of Rs twenty thousand was given to the affected families by the Red Cross.

Later, Deputy Commissioner Rajouri Shabir Bhat, SSP Atul Sharma and other senior officers also reached on the spot and interacted with people.

The DC Rajouri Shabir Bhat said that the district administration is ready with contingency plan   to shift the people from border areas to safer locations.

Meanwhile, in Kalal sector of Nowshera   Pakistani troops fired 82 and 120 mm shells, Police said.

Three local persons working as porters with army were injured in the area after a mortar exploded near them in Kalal.

They have been identified as Somraj(45) son of Paras Ram, Daljit Ram(35) son of Daldev Raj, both residents of Kalal Nowshera, and   Pravin Kumar(25) son of Ashok Kumar resident of Rumalidhara Nowshera.

They were admitted in Sub District Hospital Nowshera from where seriously injured Som Raj has been referred to GMC&H Jammu, police informed.

Reports also said that seven persons were injured during LoC shelling in border tehsil  Mendhar. They   have been identified as Mohammad Farooq of Malikpur, Balakote, Salma Koser daughter of Muhammad Shabir of Balakote, Muhammad Sadiq son of Dil Muhammad of Dharana, Zubaida Bi, Ruksar Akhter, Muhammad Tahir and Shazia Akhter.

Of the seven people injured, 3 have been referred to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H) Jammu for specialized treatment.