NEW DELHI: Indian troops on Wednesday retaliated strongly to the unprovoked firing by Pakistani Rangers in Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
The fire fight claimed the life of a jawan, besides resulting in the deaths of four Rangers.
The retaliatory attack forced Pakistan to hoist the white flag and request the BSF to stop firing so that the bodies of their dead soldiers could be retrieved.
Earlier on Tuesday, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told reporters that he had directed the security forces not to hold back and retaliate with “double the force”.
Parrikar was replying to a question regarding the ceasefire violation by Pakistan at Akhnoor sector on Tuesday evening, in which an Army jawan had sustained grievous injuries.
In fact, it was the fifth ceasefire violation by Pakistani forces in the past one week.
Pakistani forces on Tuesday fired at Indian positions along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pallanwalla sector.
Asked what has been his direction to the security forces, Parrikar, “Our (NDA Government) response is don’t hesitate. React appropriately without holding yourself back”.
He said that if there are any ceasefire violations, the Indian forces should retaliate “with double the force” and if there is an attack on Army posts, the terrorists need to be neutralised.
Meanwhile, on the attack by Bodo militants in Assam, Parrikar dismissed suggestions that the Army was late in reacting to the attack and said they had to wait for a request from the local administration.
“The armed forces stationed there were ready, but we had to wait for request from local administration. As soon as the local administration requested, we deployed the forces,” Parrikar reacted.
The Defence Minister said that 73 Columns of the Army were now deployed in Assam, where Bodo militants had massacred dozens of tribals last week Meanwhile, on infrastructure development on the border, Parrikar has said the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) will be brought fully under the Ministry of Defence and non-sensitive roads in border areas will be handed over to the National Highways Authority of India(NHAI).
In the 11 years during which the ceasefire agreement has been in force, 2014 saw the highest number of truce violations, with over 550 breaches by the Pakistani troops.