In a prized catch, the Jammu & Kashmir police have arrested a local villager on charges of espionage from near the international border in Samba district and seized two Pakistani SIM cards and a map from him. Identified as Bodh Raj of Changiia in Arnia tehsil of Jammu district, he was arrested while roaming in Jerda village situated just one and a half kilometres from the international border.
The arrest followed searches launched in Ramgarh sector following intelligence inputs about his passing on vital information about deployment of troops and their movement to Pakistan. On noticing police parties conducting searches, the spy tried to escape, but he was apprehended after a hot chase, sources said, adding that the map seized from him carried markings of various spots showing deployment of security forces. Two Indian made mobile phones, one memory card, and Indian currency worth Rs 1, 711 were also seized from him.
Pointing out that he had been using Pakistani SIMs to pass on information across the border, sources said that intelligence agencies were already watching his activities for the past few months. He has been arrested under provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Official Secret Act, sources said.
Meanwhile, the international border and the Line of Control in Jammu region was by and large peaceful as Pakistani guns had fallen silent on Saturday morning. Giving details, official sources said except sporadic incidents of small arms fire at one or two places, the border was by and large peaceful. The mortar shelling from Pakistan side had stopped around 2 am, they said, adding that the BSF retaliated befittingly and there had been no casualty of damage on the Indian side.
Similarly, Pakistani mortar shelling had stopped along the Line of Control in Manjakote area of Rajouri district since wee hours of Saturday.
Seven Pakistani Rangers were killed and three others injured on Friday after BSF retaliated to their sniper fire that hit a jawan in Bobiya area on the Indian side. Desperate after having suffered heavy losses in BSF’s retaliatory fire, Pakistani Rangers and troops had continued firing mortar shells, automatics and small arms fire at various places along the international border in Kathua, Samba and Jammu, besides LoC in Rajouri district throughout night.
Meanwhile, though the Pakistani firing has stopped, the district administration has ordered closure of schools which are vulnerable to Pakistani firing, besides asking people living in border areas to stay indoors even during the day. However, there has been no migration except for a few families in Bobiya village who were shifted to Hiranagar in the wake of intense Pakistani shelling yesterday.