Pakistan Violates Ceasefire, BSF Trooper Killed

Pakistani Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing on forward Pittal border outpost along IB in Arnia forward area of R S Pura in Jammu district, a BSF officer said.

Published: 16th July 2014 02:06 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th July 2014 04:22 PM   |  A+A-

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JAMMU: One Border Security Force (BSF) trooper was killed in unprovoked firing by the Pakistan Rangers at Indian positions along the international border in Jammu district Wednesday.

Three troopers and four labourers were injured in the firing.

"Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing at Pital post of the BSF in Arnia sub-sector of R.S. Pura sector of the international border in Jammu district today (Wednesday)," a BSF source told IANS here.

"Eight people - two junior officers, two constables and four labourers - were injured. One of these, a critically injured trooper identified as constable Sanjay Dhar, has died," he added.

Senior BSF officials have reached the area to take stock of the situation.

The BSF guards the international border in Jammu and Kashmir, while the Line of Control (LoC) is guarded by the army.

The ceasefire violation comes a day after the two sides held a flag meeting at Chambiliyal border outpost in Samba district to discuss removal of wild bushes along the zero line and adjoining areas to improve visibility during patrolling.

This is third ceasefire violation by Pakistan in July. On July 12, Pakistan Rangers had violated the ceasefire and targeted Indian posts in Pindo belt in Jammu district.

On July 1, Pakistan troops resorted to heavy firing with automatic and small weapons on Indian posts along the LoC in Mendhar forward areas along LoC in Poonch district, forcing Indian troops to retaliate.

Pakistan violated the ceasefire five times along LoC and IB in Jammu region in June. There were 19 incidents of ceasefire violation along the LoC in April-May.

In 2013, 12 jawans were killed and 41 injured in the  highest number of ceasefire violations (149) and firing by Pakistan troops on forward posts, civilian areas and patrolling parties along Indo-Pak border.

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