Border flare-up: 5 killed, 50 injured

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‘60,000 border residents migrate to safer places, 3000 shift to camps’
80,000 affected in 3 districts, construction of 12,000 bunkers ordered: Div Com

Border flare-up: 5 killed, 50 injured

Syed Amjad Shah

Jammu, May 23:

At least five civilian were killed and around 50 including three BSF personnel wounded in R S Pura, Arnia, Samba, Ramgarh and Hiranagar sectors in mortar shelling along the International Border (IB), triggering a migration of over 60,000 residents from over 80 affected border villages.
Sources said two civilians were killed in R S Pura and one in Arnia sector when the villages were pounded with mortars shells.
BhajanLakl, son of Karam Chand alias Karmu of village Shamka in R S Pura was killed on the spot when a mortar shells exploded in his house and Raghvir Singh, son of Satowali in R S Pura also lost his life in shelling while two others identified as Surinder Singh, son of Nirmal Singh of BastiGulabGarh and Sunny Singh, son of Raghuvir Singh of Satowali suffered injuries in R S Pura.
Meanwhile, another villager in Arnia, Ravi Kumar, son of Puran Chand of Arnia was injured critically when mortar shell landed at his residence.
He is undergoing treatment at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H), Jammu.
In Kathua, a civilian Ram Paul, son of Tilo Ram of Londi village in Hiranagar sector succumbed to injuries which he suffered in firing at his residence during early morning hours.
The family members of Ram Paul were sleeping when the village was shelled in which three civilians were wounded critically.
They were evacuated and shifted to GMC&H Jammu for specialized treatment where Ram succumbed.
The injured have been identified as SudeshKumari, wife of Ram Pal, and Shiv Darshan, son of Dharam Chand.
They are all undergoing treatment at GMC&H, Jammu.
A total of 265 villagers were shifted to camps established in Hiranagar area where people from 12 villages have taken shelter.
Meanwhile, a 10-year-old boy Krishna Kumar, son of Vijay Kumar lost his life and his brother Shiv Kumar was wounded in mortar shell explosion, when they were playing in the lawn of their residence in the border village of Samba.
A woman identified as Shamo Devi, wife of BahadurLal of BeinGalar, Samba suffered critical injuries and later succumbed to her wounds.
The woman was preparing breakfast in the kitchen when a mortar shell landed in her kitchen garden, killing her on the spot.
Five others who suffered injuries in BeinGalar village in Samba were identified as Puja Devi, wife of BalKrishan, two-year-old Shiva, son of BalKrishan, and 14-year-old Shivraj, son of Vijay Kumar.
Champa Devi, wife of Vijay Kumar of Glar and Pari Devi, daughter of BalKrishan of Glar also suffered critical injuries in the mortar shell explosion.
Meanwhile, a border outpost of BSF at Balard area of Ramgarh sector in Samba was targeted with mortar shells in which the post suffered extensive damage leading to injuries to five BSF personnel, three of them receiving critical wounds, who were evacuated amid intense shelling to the hospital.
At least 50 people suffered injuries during the day in the shelling all along the IB.
Rising Kashmir has learnt that over 60,000 people have abandoned their houses in the three districts along the IB and shifted to safer places.
Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Himmat Kumar Sharma told Rising Kashmir that 80,000 border residents had been affected due to the firing and nearly 3000 people had taken shelter in 15 relief camps established by the administration in Jammu, Samba and Kathua.
“I visited the camps established for the border residents and we’re providing food and other material needed to the firing victims,” he said confirming that 80 villages had been affected badly.
Sharma said they had issued orders for the construction of 12,000 individual and community bunkers in the border belt for the safety and security of the border residents.
Eleven persons and 300 bovine have been killed and over 130 residential houses damaged partially or completely since May 18 along the IB.


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