In the second ceasefire violation in the past 24 hours, Pakistani Rangers on Wednesday fired on a BSF patrol party along the International Border in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, killing a jawan and injuring another.
There was heavy firing by Pakistan on a patrolling party of BSF along IB in Suchtegarh forward belt in Samba sector, inspector general, BSF, Jammu Frontier, Rakesh Sharma told PTI.
A BSF jawan was killed in the heavy firing, the IG said, adding that troops were on routine patrol when the firing took place.
The deceased jawan has been identified as constable Sri Ram Gowria. Another jawan suffered minor injuries.
Sharma, who has rushed to the spot and is supervising the operation, said BSF troops took positions and gave a befitting reply which resulted in exchanges which are going on.
There has been firing in other areas in Kathua and Samba also.
This is the second ceasefire violation in the past 24 hours and the sixth in the past over one week.
On Tuesday, Pakistan troops had resorted to firing on forward posts along the LoC in Pallanwala sector of Jammu district and sepoy Amarjeet Singh was injured in the firing.
Pakistani troops had on Sunday violated the ceasefire twice along the border in Arnia forward belt of Jammu and Hiranagar belt of Kathua district.
On December 25, Pakistani Rangers indulged in unprovoked small arms firing in forward areas in Pansar border out post (BoP) belt of Hiranagar sub-sector in Kathua district.
On December 24, Pakistani troops had fired mortar shells and small arms targeting the same areas.
Over 550 incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistan took place this year, the highest since the truce came into force in 2003, with the Indo-Pak border witnessing the worst such escalation during August-October period which left 13 people dead and thousands displaced.
India should retaliate
India should not hold back in responding to cross border firing by Pakistan and retaliate with "double the force", Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had said on Tuesday.
The minister, during an interaction with journalists, said that Indian troops do not violate the ceasefire but only retaliate.
"I would say, don't agitate, react appropriately but without holding yourself back. When something happens, retaliate with double the force," said Parrikar. "If terrorists attack any defence establishment, the instruction is neutralise them without losing any men."
The defence minister' response came as a soldier was injured when Pakistan Tuesday fired at the Indian positions along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Pallanwalla sector.
Parrikar, however, added that number of cross border firings has reduced along the LoC.
"The number of incidents of cross border firing has come down along LoC . It had increased along the IB (International Border), but even that has gone down in last two months compared to last year," he said.