Ceasefire violation: 5 dead, Pak waves white flag

  • Rajesh Ahuja and Tarun Upadhyay, Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Jammu
  • Updated: Dec 31, 2014 23:20 IST

Pakistani forces opened fire on BSF troops in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday killing one jawan and wounding another, as defence minister Manohar Parrikar asked Indian soldiers to retaliate with “double the force”.

BSF chief DK Pathak said his men gunned down four Pakistan Rangers in a counteroffensive, compelling the other side to open all communication channels and raise white flags.

“We put conditions that first they should stop firing for one hour and show white flag, which they eventually did and only after that the BSF stopped its counteroffensive,” added Pathak, who briefed home minister Rajnath Singh on the prevailing situation in the evening.

The deceased Indian jawan has been identified as Constable Sri Ram Gowria.

The firing in the Samba sector was the second ceasefire violation by Pakistan in 24 hours and the seventh in a week, sources said.

“Pakistan activated all channels, including diplomatic and director general of military operations (DGMO), of communication to get the firing stopped as they wanted to lift the bodies of their dead and injured personnel,” said a senior government official involved in the BSF strategy.

Officials said Pakistan Rangers are trying to push armed militants into Indian territories but alert troops are foiling their designs.

A group of terrorists tried to get to the Indian side along the International Border in the Samba sector late on Tuesday night but BSF personnel stopped them, a senior officer said.

Experts said Pakistan violated the ceasefire agreement about 550 times in 2014, the highest since the truce came into force in 2003, with the Indo-Pak border witnessing the worst such escalation in the August-October period that left 13 people dead and thousands displaced.

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