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Firing continues Along Border in J&K from Pak side, Villagers flee Homes

Jammu, Jan 06: Thousands of villagers are abandoning their homes in the border areas of Jammu and Kashmir amid high tension and continuing shelling from across the border. Despite strong response from India, Pakistani troops continued to violate ceasefire targeting the BSF posts and villagers.

Yesterday, one BSF jawan was killed in Pakistani shelling in Hiranagar. According to the reports, as many as 45 BSF posts were targeted in Samba, Hiranagar, Kathua, Ramgad and Arnia sectors. 

Over 10,000 people have abandoned their homes so far in border villages amid continuing shelling. Following continuous firing along the international border by Pakistan yesterday, more people have fled their homes close to the border in Samba and Kathua districts. The migration is continuing today, an official said.

The BSF has been retaliating strongly to Pakistan. Yesterday, Home minister Rajnath Singh briefed on the ceasefire violations at a high-level meeting, after taking stock of the damage to the civilian assets in the border areas. Today, BSF Director General DK Pathak will visit Jammu to review the situation. 

Last week, one woman, two army jawans and three BSF jawans were killed and 11 other civilians were injured in shelling from across the border.

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