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India lodges strong protest after rockets fired from Pak

BSF IG Frontier, Himmat Singh and DIG Mohd. Acquil inspect the blast site at Dhonae Khurd village in the Wagah sector of the India-Pakistan border, near Amritsar on Saturday. Three rockets, fired fired from across the border, landed in the border villages Dhoni Khurd and Modey on Friday night. Image Credit: PTI.

AMRITSAR (PTI): India Saturday lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over the firing of three rockets from across the border that exploded two kilometres inside Punjab.

The issue was raised at a flag meeting between the BSF and Pakistani Rangers in the wee hours after the missiles landed in open fields in Modhey and Dhoneya Khurd villages in Attari sector on the Indo-Pak border, prompting retaliatory gunfire from the Indian border troops.

There was no damage or casualty on the Indian side due to the Pakistani action Friday night, BSF Inspector General Himmat Singh said.

"We held a flag meeting at about 1 am and made a very strong protest to them (Pakistani Rangers) about this incident," he told reporters here.

"Yesterday night, at about 10 pm, the BSF troops posted at Pulkanjini border outpost saw flashlights and firing from Pakistan territory and after a very short gap, they heard explosions," Singh said.

"Our troops on the border retaliated immediately, very strongly...after that no incident of fire from Pakistani side was reported," he said.

"Three rockets were fired from Pakistani side. There was no damage but it raises suspicion about developments on the other side of the border," a BSF official said.

During the meeting, the Rangers "feigned ignorance (about the incident) but said they will look into it," he said.

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