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Pakistan shelling kills 2 jawans, 1 woman in J&K

Sources said, two soldiers were killed at Tanghdar sector in a blaze triggered by rocket propelled grenades fired by Pakistan at Indian Army bunkers along the Line of Control (LoC) in the valley.

At Samba and Kathua districts a woman identified as Toshi Devi was killed and eight other people were injured in Pakistani shelling. Fear of continuous firing along the border has forced many villagers to flee from their homes and take shelter at  relatives homes and  makeshift camps set up by the Indian army. This is the ninth  of ceasefire violation in the last ten days. The injured were flown to hospitals in Srinagar and  Jammu.

People from border villages of Manyari, Paansar, Bobia, Londi, Sadechak, Chailari, Chachwal, Mangu Chak, Regaal, Mawa, Sadho and Chak Fakira have started migrating to safer places because of the heavy shelling.

Police also said Pakistan Rangers had started firing at Border Security Force (BSF) outposts around 9.30 pm on Friday, which continued till Saturday. Immediately, the Border Security Force (BSF) and Indian Army jawans retaliated and gave a befitting reply.

“The firing exchange that stopped at 3.30 am on Saturday resumed in Hiranagar, Ramgarh and Samba sectors of the international border,” police sources said.

There are intelligence reports that Pakistan-based terrorist groups are continuously trying to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir by taking advantage of cross-border firing as they aim to carry out ‘spectacular attacks’ ahead of US President Barack Obama’s visit to India.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said India had been offering its hand of friendship to Pakistan, but the neighbouring country was continuously violating the ceasefire agreement. “They should stop ceasefire violations or else they will suffer badly,” he said, claiming that Indian forces were giving befitting replies to Pakistani rangers.

“We made a beginning by first inviting Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the swearing-in of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, Pakistan is repeatedly indulging in ceasefire violations. We have strengthened our security on all fronts and security arrangements would be in place as usual for the Republic Day where U.S. President Barack Obama will be the chief guest in Delhi,” he said after inaugurating the national executive meeting of BJP’s SC Morcha in New Delhi.

On Friday Singh had ordered  BSF to take appropriate action to firing by Pakistan on Indian posts”. he added.
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