Woman killed, 5 injured as Pak targets Arnia town, villages with mortars


JAMMU, A woman was killed and five others were injured, one of them seriously, when Pakistani Rangers shelled almost entire Arnia sector on the International Border (IB) throughout last night while Pakistan claimed that it lost four persons and five others were injured in Sialkot sector during exchange of shelling and firing. Nearly 50,000 civilians in forward villages of Pakistan’s Sialkot sector have deserted their homes following heavy retaliation by the BSF.
Pakistani Rangers resorted to shelling with 81mm mortars and heavy fire arms throughout the last night, which continued till 6.30 am targeting civilian locations and forward Border Out Posts (BOPs) of the BSF in Arnia sector including Arnia town damaging more than 50 houses and cattle shed and leaving a woman dead and five others injured. A number of cattle were killed or injured in Pakistan’s shelling and firing.
Tonight also, Pakistan resumed shelling and firing in forward villages of Arnia sector.
Mortar shells landed insides houses of the people or very close to them causing intense damages last night. One of the shells exploded in the house of Chuni Lal, 62 at village Allah in Arnia sector, killing his 57 years old wife Ratano Devi and injuring Chuni Lal and Rajni Devi, 35, wife of Subash Chander and daughter-in-law of Chuni Lal.
Condition of 65 years old Maya Devi wife of Behari Lal R/o Ward No. 5, who was seriously injured in mortar shelling last night, remained critical while two other injured Rajni Kumar, 35, wife of Raj Kumar and her 12 year old son Shubam Kumar, residents of Ward No. 4, were responding to the treatment.
Sources told the Excelsior that mortar shelling and firing from Pakistan side started around 10 pm last night and continued till 6 am in which almost all villages of Arnia sector were hit. Several mortar shells fell in Arnia town.
“It was a war like situation last night. Mortar shells were raining in every village close to the International Border. It was very narrow escape for the civilians,” Ram Lal, a shopkeeper of Arnia town, said over phone. He added that it was “worst ever shelling” witnessed in Arnia town during the recent past.