A Border Security Force soldier was killed on Thursday in firing by Pakistani troops in Abdullian area of RS Pura sector in Jammu district, in third such death of BSF personnel within a week since skirmishes erupted on the international border.
“Head constable Jitender Kumar attained martyrdom while combating Pakistan Rangers,” BSF deputy inspector general (Jammu Frontier) Dharmendra Parikh said.
Kumar belonged to Raxaul in Motihari district of Bihar. He is survived by his wife Bimla Devi and other family members.
The wreath laying ceremony for Kumar is likely to be held on Friday.
Gurnam Singh of Magowali in Arnia area of RS Pura sector was killed in a sniper attack by Pakistan in Bobiya of Hiranagar. Head constable Sushil Kumar of Pehova in Haryana’s Kurukshetra died after sustaining grievous injuries at Sangral post in the RS Pura sector while retaliating to the Pakistani fire.
The Indian Army said that Pakistan again violated the ceasefire agreement in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district on Thursday and it was being retaliated strongly.
Seven villagers were also injured, two of them critically, in Gopar Basti in RS Pura sector as Pakistan shelled villages along the international border through Wednesday night. The gun-battle between the two nuclear-powered arch-rivals continued till Thursday morning.
BSF DIG Parikh said two Pakistani posts started firing flat trajectory weapons at RS Pura at 8.35pm on Wednesday and around 9pm they started targeting with mortars.
“Around 14 to 15 BSF border outpost areas were affected in the firing. Abdulian village received the maximum firing,” Parikh said.
He added that Indian forces responded in a “befitting way”.
Ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir's RS Pura sector this morning, six civilians injured in mortar shelling. pic.twitter.com/lts1ibOoIr— ANI (@ANI_news) October 27, 2016
“Heavy mortar shelling started at Arnia around 10pm on Wednesday. Six civilians have also been injured,” Jammu deputy commissioner Simrandeep Singh said.
The injured have been identified as Jyoti Sharma, 39, Raj Rani, 40, Lucky Sharma, 20, Abhi Sharma,18, Uday Sharma,10, and Shano Dev, 55. All of them belong to Gopar Basti in RS Pura.
They have been shifted to the Government Medical College and Hospital in Jammu.
On Wednesday, BSF assistant sub-inspector AK AK Upadhyay sustained minor injuries when a shell fired by Pakistan Rangers exploded near him in Abdullian.
As many as 16 people, mostly women, have been injured in the cross-border firing in the RS Pura sector in the past two days.
BSF Jammu Frontier IG DK Upadhyaya has said that there will be no soft hand approach anymore and every provocation by Pakistan will be dealt with sternly.
Ties between both the nations are on the edge after the September attack by militants on an Indian Army camp in Kashmir’s Uri in which 19 soldiers lost their lives. India responded to the attack by conducting surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
On Wednesday, the Indian deputy high commissioner was summoned by Pakistan for the second consecutive day to protest against “unprovoked ceasefire violations” along the International Border and the LoCr.
The Pakistan Foreign Office said ceasefire violations by India in Chapar and Harpal sectors of the international border and at Bhimber sector of the LoC killed two civilians and injured nine others.
(With agency inputs)