India admits firing 9,000 mortar shells at LoC in last 4 days
NEW DELHI - The Indian BSF has fired over 9,000 rounds of mortar shells across the International Border (IB) in Jammu in the past four days as part of “pinpointed” action against Pakistan, officials said on Monday, Hindustan Times has reported.
Senior officials of the Border Security Force (BSF) and in the home ministry said the situation along the 190-km IB in the Jammu area was “very tense” as India had “opened” heavy fire in the entire stretch since Sunday evening.
They said the BSF had fired over 9,000 rounds of mortar shells since January 19.
The mortar shelling is in addition to an effective retaliation by an assortment of other arms and ammunition, they said.
The BSF said the force was retaliating with “pinpointed” fire which destroyed firing positions of the Pakistan Rangers at multiple places.
They said the “chicken neck” area of the border in Jammu, near Makwal and Kanachak border posts of the BSF, is also being pounded by the Pakistani forces, which was untouched till now.
“A security force jawan and a few civilians have been injured in these areas and we are receiving heavy fire here since yesterday,” a senior official said.
Sources said the Indian forces have also witnessed the movement of senior commanders of the Rangers and Pakistan Army in the forward areas across the border.