Jammu: An officer from the Border Security Force and six civilians were injured in heavy firing by Pakistani troops along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir's RS Pura sector.
The heavy shelling, which continued overnight, resulted in closure of schools in the area. The authorities have asked people to move to safer areas.
"Assistant Sub Inspector of BSF AK Upadhayay was injured when a shell exploded near him in RS Pura sector. He received splinter injures in his hand," a BSF spokesman said.
He said the BSF gave a "befitting reply" to the firing by Pakistan Rangers.
Jammu Deputy Commissioner Simrandeep Singh said Pakistani troops last night also targeted civilian areas including Sai Kalan, Bure Jaal, Treva and Arnia.
"Shelling started in Sai Kalan also. Arnia also came under shelling from 0130 hours. People were inside their houses, so no human casualty," he said.
"At 2035 hours, Pakistani troops from two posts started firing flat trajectory weapons in the areas of RS Pura," Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of BSF, Jammu Frontier, Dharmendra Pareek said.
He said Pakistani side was targeting Indian posts and civilian areas with heavy mortar and small arms fire.
The BSF was effectively retaliating and the firefight was going on, Mr Pareek said.
Pakistan also resorted to heavy mortar shelling in the Arnia town of the district.
"Heavy mortar shelling has started at Arnia also," Simrandeep Singh said.