Border flare-up Two BSF men killed, 10 injured

Two Border Security Force (BSF) troops were killed and a police constable among 13 wounded in the shelling in Pargwal, Gadkhal and Kana Chak areas on Sunday.
“Two BSF officials including a Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) were critically wounded when snipers from across fired several shots toward a BSF post at Chak Fugwari (Pargwal) area in Chamb,” Defence sources said.
The injured were evacuated from the post and shifted to the hospital where they were pronounced brought dead.
The deceased BSF troops have been identified as B K Panday of 33 BSF batallion and ASI N S Yadav of BSF 92 battalion.
The defence sources said when BSF returned fire at Pakistan Rangers, they started heavy mortar shelling in Pargwal, Gadkhal and Kana Chak areas with the shells landing in border villages, nearly 3 to 4 km from the International Border (IB).
Additional Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Arun Manhas said a total of 31 villages and 27,000 people have been affected in sub divisions of Marh and Khour.
Manhas said six shelters had been kept ready to accommodate the civilian from the border villages.
Talking to reporters here, IGP Jammu, S D Singh Jamwal said: “We are ready to meet any challenge. We have arranged bullet proof bunkers of J&K Police to evacuate and shift civilians to safer places. The people in border areas are brave and have high morale. The civil administration and police are on the job to evict locals if they want to shift to safer places.”
He said atleast 13 people have suffered injuries in the shelling.
Defence sources said in Pargwal 17 villages were affected due to the shelling where three civilian were also wounded while ten others were wounded in Kana Chak, Shama Chak, and Jhiri.
The firing stopped after 9 am, according to the sources, who added that BSF responded heavily from the Chicken Neck forward area in Kana Chak following which guns on both sides fell silent.
The defence sources said during shelling in the border villages, many houses were damaged partially while vehicles were also damaged in Pargwal area.
The panic-stricken people locked themselves in their respective houses when shelling started and the border villages bore a deserted look.
Meanwhile, a general alert is being observed all along the IB while administration has also put in place a contingency plan to meet the challenge.
The injured have been identified as Sudhakar Singh of Kana Chak, Vikram Singh of Shama Chak, Pooja Devi of Shama Chak, Selection Grade Constable Muhammed Zakir, posted at Kana Chak, Pala Ram of Shama Chak, Vishal Kumar of Jhiri, Rajinder Singh of Shama Chak, Neeraj Kumar alias Abhi of Pakhian, Ajay Kumar of Gole Pattan, Gajansoo, and 5-year-old Bony Sharma of Punjab.
A woman among three who was wounded in Pargwal has been identified as Sulakshana Devi, wife of Ranjeet Singh, Bansi Lal, son of Ram Chand of Pargwal Kullien and Balwinder Singh son of Bua Ditta of village Jattien-de-Kothey in Pargwal.
On May 29, the DGMOs of India and Pakistan agreed to “fully implement” the ceasefire pact of 2003 in “letter and spirit” forthwith to stop border skirmishes in J&K.
The two military commanders reviewed the prevailing situation along the LoC and the IB in Jammu Kashmir during a conversation over the special hotline.
The hotline contact was initiated by the Pakistani DGMO.
Following the conversation between Indian DGMO Lt Gen Anil Chauhan and Pakistan’s Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza, the two armies issued identical statements saying both sides agreed to implement the 15-year-old ceasefire understanding.
Last month, thousands of people residing along the IB in Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts had to flee their homes following intense shelling from Pakistan between May 15 and May 23 which left 12 people dead, including two BSF troopers, and scores of others injured.
After the DGMOs of the two countries spoke to each other, hope rekindled among border residents who had started returning to their homes but the latest incident triggered fresh concerns among them and the people in the affected areas started fleeing their homes.