The Pakistani Army again violated ceasefire on Tuesday in Samba and Nowshera sectors and resorted to heavy firing and shelling, killing eight civilians. Many others were injured, including an infant.
Her fight for survival has begun at age 1 – and unexpectedly. Pari celebrated her first birthday barely two months ago.
On Tuesday, she lay unconscious on a hospital bed in Jammu, her tiny hands tied to medical drips before a potential surgery.
The infant was hit in the neck and the spine when a Pakistani shell crashed down on her home in Rangroor village of Samba sector.
Her father Rakesh Kumar and mother Sushma were also wounded.
A kid being treated at the hospital.
The Kumar family was rejoicing on Bhai Dooj when the mortar turned their small house into a graveyard.
Kumar lost his father, one of this three sisters and two nephews – aged 7 and 5 years – in the shelling as they prepared to celebrate the festival together.
DEADLIEST PAKISTANI ASSAULT IN SINGLE DAY
In the deadliest Pakistani assault in a single day on the Indian side after the September surgical strikes, eight civilians, including four from the Kumar family alone, were killed in indiscriminate shelling in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, authorities said.
The ceasefire violations by the Pakistan Rangers were reported in the Samba and Nowshera sectors.
According to the BSF, the assault began with gunfire from small arms. It was subsequently followed by mortars, BSF spokesman Dharmendra Pareek said. Around 20 people were wounded in the firing.
The Rangers, he explained, shot 82-mm mortars intermittently and the BSF retaliated strongly.
But the Pakistani shelling forced hundreds of residents out of their homes in Samba district. Civilians fled the line of fire, some of them on foot.
A 16-year-old girl, who was hit by a mortar splinter, was among the dead. Dozens of livestock were also killed or injured in the shelling. Pakistan’s army also shelled Indian positions in Nowshera sector of the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district, authorities said.
‘PAKISTAN HAS DESTROYED OUR FAMILY’
When India Today TV’s crew visited Naika Panjgraian in Rajouri, villagers were seen mourning a woman and her daughter-in-law, who were killed in the Pakistani attack.
According to local residents, as many as 100 shells pounded on their village within an hour. “This heavy round of shelling destroyed our fields and houses,” said Mohammad Yaqoob, a resident of Naika Panjgraian.
A relative described how the two village women lost their lives in the mortar fire. “Both of them were working in their fields and suddenly shells rained down on them. They died instantly,” said Salma Begum.
“Pakistan has destroyed our family,” she wailed.
There have been more than 60 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the LoC and the international border in the state since surgical strikes against terror launch pads by the Indian army in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, military sources say.
A shootout also broke out between militants and security forces in Bandipora area of Jammu and Kashmir Tuesday.
Security sources said three suspected Lashkar terrorists, holding up in Ajar village in Bandipora, were involved in the gunfight. Troops cordoned off the entire neighbourhood for search operations.