JAMMU, Oct 8 � Two women of a family were today killed and 15 others injured in heavy mortar shelling and firing by Pakistani troops along the international border in Jammu and Kashmir, taking the death toll to 8 in the continued ceasefire violations by Pakistan for over a week, reports PTI.
Pakistani Rangers targeted 50 border out posts (BoPs) and 35 hamlets overnight along the 192-km boundary. The escalation has triggered an exodus, with 16,000 people moving to safer areas from border villages.
Over 70 people have been injured in the ceasefire violations by Pakistan, including 15 today.
Pakistani Rangers targeted Chillary village along IB in Samba district around 7.30 am today. In the mortar shelling, Shukuntla Devi and her daughter-in-law Poli Devi were killed while their husbands along with two children of Poli were injured, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Samba, Anil Mangotra told PTI.
All the inhabitants of the village, with a population 1,700, have fled from border hamlet to safety.
Along the Line of Control (LoC), the firing stopped last night in Mendhar & Poonch sectors after Indian forces gave a befitting reply, defence officials said. Among the 15 injured today, three were BSF jawans. All of them have been shifted to Government Medical College Hospital, the SSP said.
Jorda Farm border hamlet was shelled at 9.00 am, police officials said. Six persons were injured when they were returning after night stay in shelter camp in RS Pura. They were shifted to a Hospital for treatment, they said.
Earlier, a BSF spokesman today said that �Pakistani Rangers again resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling and heavy firing on BSF posts all along IB since 2000 hours last night.�