Jammu, Oct 8: Two people have lost their lives in fresh firing that took place in Samba along the International Border on Wednesday, taking the death toll in ceasefire violations up to seven.
Six others including a Border Security Force personnel have also been injured in the firing.
"We have been retaliating very strongly. People have been adviced to remain inside their houses," DG BSF DK Pathak said.
The casualties come even as Minister of State in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office Jitendra Singh visited the firing zone.
The International Border with Pakistan is tense as firing continued in 7 sectors of Jammu and Kashmir - Hira nagar, Sambha, Arnia, RS Pura, Kanachak, Pargwal and Ramgarh. As many as 50 Border Security Force (BSF) posts were targetted in the shelling that continued till 9 am on Wednesday morning.
In view of the ceasefire violations, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley held a meeting with the chiefs of the Indian Army, Navy and the Air Force on Tuesday. Toughening its stand on the border situation, India has put on hold the flag meeting with the Pakistan Army, and has decided to wait for Islamabad to make the first move.
India has maintained that it will give a fitting reply if Pakistan didn't stop the firing. "We want to secure our borders. Pakistan had started action on the border. We have told Pakistan to stop ceasefire violation or else India will give a fitting reply. Pakistan should understand this," Home Minister Rajnath Singh said.