A Head Constable of Border Security Force was killed while five other persons including three BSF personnel injured in heavy mortar shelling by Pakistan in several sectors of Rajouri and Poonch districts since last night, thus further escalating the prevailing border tension between India and Pakistan, officials said on Monday.
Official sources said at 10:42 pm on Sunday, a Pakistani 120-mm mortar shell landed on two BSF bunkers located along the Line of Control in Niaka Panjgrian village of Tarkundi sector which falls in Manjakote Tehsil of Rajouri district.
"Four BSF personnel present inside the bunker received injuries and were evacuated to General Hospital of Army in Rajouri where one of the injured, later identified as Head Constable Rai Singh, succumbed," a BSF official said.
Singh was from 163 Battalion of BSF and hailed from Kheri Sapala village of Rohtak Haryana.
Sources said other three injured BSF personnel are admitted at the army hospital and one of them had to undergo immediate amputation of the right lower limb. The injured have been identified as Constable Sumit Rana, Constable Sumant Das and Constable Govind Raj.
Meanwhile, one civilian Abdul Aziz son of Dil Muhammad of Basooni was injured when a mortar shell landed near him. He was removed to Mendhar hospital where he is under treatment.
On the other hand, an army soldier also received injuries in Balakote sector of Mendhar due to shelling but is out of danger, officials said.
"A Tata Mobile vehicle parked on a roadside in Balakote also got fully damaged after a shell fell over it," they said.
Meanwhile, sources said last night's shelling started at 9 pm in Tarkundi of Rajouri and Balakote area of Poonch and lasted till 12:30 am. "In morning hours today, shelling again started in KG, Balakote and Tarkundi. Shelling in Balakote lasted till 2 pm and till 1 PM in Tarkundi," they said.
They said shelling in Niaka Panjgrian, Peryali, Mangal Nar and other locations of Manjakote lasted from 8.30 am to 1 pm.
Similarly, areas of Balakote and KG also came under mortar shelling at about 9 am and the shelling lasted till 2 pm there, the sources said.
Later at about 11 am, heavy shelling started in Kalsian and Ghanya locations of Nowshera which later spread to other locations including Baba Khori, Bhawani. "At 5 pm, shelling started in Kalal area of Nowshera," they said.
All educational institutions in Nowshera, Manjakote, Balakote, Mendhar and Mankote areas have been closed till further orders.
"Examination of T1 in Mendhar sub division has also been postponed," the sources said.