SRINAGAR: Border Security Force (BSF) personnel are on high alert along the frontiers in Jammu and Kashmir to foil attacks by the Border Action Team of the Pakistan Army and infiltration attempts by militants a day after two Pakistan Army men were killed in retaliatory firing by the BSF and the Army along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector, a senior BSF official said on Thursday.
“Pakistan has been trying to disturb peace and tranquillity in India and J&K. They have been resorting to different ceasefire violations, sniping, BAT action and infiltration to disturb peace in J&K,” BSF Inspector General Sonali Mishra told reporters.
Pakistani troops restored to fresh firing and mortar shelling in Uri sector on Thursday, in which three civilians, including a lady, were injured.
Three houses in Tillawari village, close to the LoC in Uri sector, were damaged after being hit by mortar shells fired by Pakistani troops.
Mishra said Uri sector in north Kashmir used to witness few ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops, but now they were committing more ceasefire violations in the sector.
“It cannot be ruled out that the ceasefire violations may be part of their strategy to push militants into the state,” she said.
Mishra was speaking after a wreath-laying ceremony for BSF constable S K Murmu, who died in sniping by Pakistani troops along the LoC in Karnah sector of Tanghdar in North Kashmir on January 20.
The BSF IG said there was a ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Uri sector too yesterday and the Army and the BSF had retaliated.
“As per our reliable sources, Pakistani troops suffered two casualties,” she said. She claimed that 175 militants were present in launch pads across the LoC, waiting to sneak into the Valley.