As shelling intensified on Galad village that's right next to the border, Krishna ran to his mother who was in the kitchen. That's when a shell landed in their home, killing him instantly. His mother and brother are in critical condition.
Like many children in the area, Krishna was at home as schools close to the border have been shut for nearly a week since an escalation in firing from across the border.
"The situation is very bad at the border. There has been heavy firing since morning. Around 8.30 am, seven to eight mortars landed in the village," said Subhash Chand, a resident of the village located 70 kilometres from Jammu.
"She couldn't speak after being hit by the shell. The administration took her to Samba but she could not survive," said Kuldeep Raj, a neighbour.
A day before, a bullet fired from Pakistan hit eight-month-old Nitin at Battal village in Akhnoor. As there was a power outage, the family of three was sleeping outside their home to beat the heat.
Having lost her only child, Nitin's mother is beyond grief. "He had just started calling mama and papa."
In the worst ceasefire violation by Pakistan at the international border in Jammu since 2014, 40 villages have been affected. In the last week 12 people have been killed in Pakistani shelling and firing, including 10 civilians and two jawans of the Border Security Force. About 40,000 people have moved to safer areas, many of them to shelter camps.
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