A BSF official died in firing from Pakistani forces along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri sector on Sunday, just a day after the directors general of the two forces met in New Delhi and agreed to uphold the sanctity of the ceasefire.
The victim was identified as assistant sub-inspector Sohan Lal. He was manning a post when a mortar shell fired from the Pakistani side hit him. Though the LoC is manned by the Indian Army, BSF men are deployed in some areas.
Sources said Pakistani troops also opened fire in Samba district along the International Border (IB) early in the morning.
“Pakistan rangers fired three rounds early (Sunday) morning using small weapons. The fire was aimed at a forward border outpost in Samba,” a BSF official said. He, however, added the BSF did not retaliate.
In recent weeks, Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed a spike in ceasefire violations that coincided with a downturn in ties between India and Pakistan. Planned talks between the national security advisers of the two countries collapsed last month amid diplomatic acrimony.
Pakistan violated the ceasefire 192 times along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir till July 26, the government recently told Lok Sabha.
(With agency inputs)
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