JAMMU (Jammu & Kashmir): Pakistani troops targeted border outposts and villages with mortar shells and small arms in Jammu district on Monday, 21 May, killing an eight-month-old boy and injuring six, including a special police officer, officials said.
Eight-month-old Nitin Kumar, sleeping with his family outside their home in Pallanwala sector along the LoC, was killed in Pakistani firing, while six people – including the special police officer – were injured in Pakistani shelling in Arnia sector along the IB.
The unprovoked mortar shelling started on Monday morning, with Pakistani Rangers firing on civilian areas leading to panic.
Pointing out that the child died in R S Pura sector, sources identified the injured women as Sudesh Devi and Madhu Devi, who live in the same neighbourhood. The women were injured when the mortar shell fell on Madhu Devi’s house.
According to the officials, the intense Pakistani shelling started a day after it “pleaded” with the BSF to stop firing, after being pounded with heavy artillery that left a Pakistani trooper dead.
In all, 30 Border Security Force (BSF) outposts and two dozen villages were affected, police said.
Cattle have perished and houses have been damaged in the Pakistani ceasefire violation.
On Sunday night, Pakistani troops fired small arms and mortars, targeting Narayanpur area of Ramgarh sector in Samba district.
The BSF on May 20 released a 19-second thermal-imagery footage, showing the destruction of a Pakistani picket across the border, in retaliation to the unprovoked firing and shelling along the IB.
The BSF has lost two of its soldiers in the latest round of unprovoked firing along the IB in Jammu region since May 15.
All schools within five kilometres of the border have been closed as a precautionary measure, he said.
Jammu & Kashmir has witnessed a sharp spike in Pakistani shelling and firing along the IB and the LoC this year.
Over 700 such incidents have been reported this year, which have left 38 people, including 18 security personnel, dead and scores injured.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, on May 22, visited the house of Tarsem Lal and his wife Manjeet Kaur, who were killed in Pakistani shelling in Mangu Chak belt of R S Pura sector on May 19.
IN KEEPING WITH OUR OWN GUIDELINES, WE HAVE NOT SHOWN AN IMAGE OF THE CHILD WHERE HIS FULL FACE AND BODY ARE SEEN.