Infiltrators lobbed grenades and fired at BSF Border Out Post (BOP) at Ballad on Saturday night along the international border in Ramgarh sector in Samba district about 40 kms south of Jammu city. BSF said this is the fourth major infiltration attempt in this year along the International border.
The firing continued for about 20 minutes. BSF claimed that infiltrators were forced to go back. BSF claims the possibility of connivance of Pak Rangers in this infiltration attempt can’t be ruled. Indian officials have lodged a protest with Pak officials during routine border meeting.
IG BSF AK Saraullia said, "At about 12.30 pm on Saturday night, infiltrators lobbed about three grenades and also fired at the post. The firing continued intermittently for about minutes after which they were forced to go back."
IG said it was not possible to ascertain the exact number of infiltrators. He said a protest was lodged with the Pak Rangers on Sunday morning during routine border meeting and it will be pressed again in the evening.
Ballad BOP is situated on Basantar nullah and during monsoons it’s filled with rain water. Police said there is no fence for about 100 mts on this stretch of nullah. It was raining last night and reports said nullah was filled with about eight-feet of water.
Even though BSF claims that infiltrators were pushed but heightened activity along the border suggest that security forces and state police is not taking any chance. Senior officials of security forces were camping just near the site of incident and Army posts, in the second line along IB were also directed to keep extra-vigil. Members of Village Defence Committees are also assisting in patrolling the area.
On May 9 last year reports suggested that terrorists had infiltrated into Samba area from IB but security forces denied the reports. But on May 11 they entered into a home and in the encounter 8 people, including two terrorists, were killed. Photojournalist Ashok Sodhi was also killed covering the encounter on being hit by terrorist bullet.
SP Samba Raghubir Singh said, "Police is not taking any chance because of the last years’ incident and extra deployment has been made.”