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An injured woman being taken away for treatment at Government Medical College hospital in Jammu on July 15, 2015. Pakistani Rangers has violated ceasefire along the International Border in Jammu district thrice in the last two days.IANS

At least four civilians were injured on Thursday, after Pakistan violated ceasefire along the International Border in RS Pura sector of Jammu & Kashmir.

The injured, identified as Balvinder Singh, Roop Lal, Sandev Kumar and Varinder Kumar,  were shifted to hospitals for treatment.

"Four persons working on the fields were injured in Pakistan firing in R.S. Pura sector today (Thursday) morning," a police officer told IANS.

The Pakistani Rangers opened fire at the Border Out Posts (BoPs) early in the morning, prompting Border Security Forces (BSF) to retaliate. Heavy cross firing is going on between the two sides.

"Heavy firing exchanges between the BSF (Border Security Force) and Pakistan Rangers have been taking place since early morning," a police officer told IANS.

Pakistani Rangers targeted the Abdullian, Tubewell number five, Kathmariana, Korotana and Sangral BSF posts in RS Pura.

This is the third ceasefire violation in the last two days. The heavy firing along the International Border (IB) began days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Jammu on 17 July.

Pakistani Rangers violated the ceasefire twice on Wednesday by resorting to firing and mortar shelling in the Akhnoor and Kanachak sectors along the IB. The Pakistani Rangers targeted the BoPs and civilian areas with small-arms fire and shelling at Bhalwal Bharth, Malabela and Siderwan along the border.

One woman was killed and six others, including two BSF soldiers and four civilians, were injured. The deceased was identified as 42-year-old Poli Devi.

"The Pakistan Rangers opened 'sniper fire' on a BSF constable guarding a border outpost along the International Border (IB) in Kanachak sector of Akhnoor tehsil in Jammu district at around 0845 hours," PTI quoted a senior BSF officer as saying.

India takes up the matter with Pakistan

As one civilian was killed and many others were injured when Pakistan violated ceasefire, India has raised the issue with the neighbouring nation.