Pak Rangers violate ceasefire along IB in J&K’s Kathua

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Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): Pakistani rangers resorted to indiscriminate firing of small arms in Hiranagar sector along the International Border in Kathua district in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said today.

They said that in the wee hours today, Pakistani rangers used small arms and medium caliber automatic weapons to target BSF posts at two separate locations in Hiranagar sector.

“Border guards of BSF effectively retaliated the fire and exchange of fire lasted for around an hour.” the officials added. They said there was no report of loss of life or damage to property.

However, locals of Hiranagar told NVI that panic gripped the entire area as loud sounds of firing were heard by the locals in the morning that remained on till afternoon.

“There was heavy exchange of fire between the two armies. We preferred to stay indoors and locked our livestock too,” said Ravi Das, a resident of Hiranagar, Kathua.

This year so far, over 1,920 CFVs have taken place on the LoC and IB across J&K, which is the highest ever since the past three years. The CFVs gained momentum after August 5, 2019, when the centre announced the revocation of Article 370 that provided a special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

-ARK