Four civilians killed, 30 injured as Shelling spreads along entire IB in Jammu Region

Almost the entire stretch of the 198-km-long International Border — barring the “chicken neck” area of Akhnoor — saw heavy shelling by Pakistan and retaliation by the Border Security Force on Tuesday, resulting in injuries to 20, including a BSF jawan.
The local authorities have got more than 100 border villages vacated and shifted the residents to shelter camps. Bunker vehicles have also been put into service.
After Sunday, Pakistan Rangers intensified shelling in Arnia late on Monday night and also targeted the Samba, Hiranagar, RS Pura, Kathua, Rajbagh, Suchetgarh and Ramgarh sectors.
Four civilians were injured in RS Pura, two in Samba and one in Kathua, and BSF Constable Chouhan Singh in Rajbagh. Eleven civilians were injured in Samba’s Ramgarh sector on Tuesday evening.
It was a sleepless Monday night for the villagers of Arnia and RS Pura at the shelter camps. “The shelling was intense and without a break this time. We fled so fast that we left most of our belongings, including animals, behind. There is bound to be apprehension,” said Shinda Chowdhary of Treva in Arnia, 40 km from Jammu.
“Of 120 villages along the IB in Jammu district, 90 are affected and we have evacuated people. Shelter camps have been established in every area and all facilities are being given free of cost,” said Arun Manhas, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Jammu.
Seven persons were injured in Arnia sector on Monday.

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