A Border Security Force soldier died and seven people were injured, two of them critically, as Pakistan shelled at least 15 Indian posts and nearly 30 hamlets along the international border (IB) in Arnia and RS Pura sub-sectors of Jammu district through Wednesday night.
While the BSF responded in equal measure, overnight gun-battle continued till 7 am on Thursday.
BSF Jammu frontier inspector general DK Upadhyaya said, “Head Constable Jitender Kumar attained martyrdom while combating Pakistan Rangers.”
The wreath laying ceremony is likely to be held on Friday.
Jitender Kumar hailed from Raxaul village in Motihari district of Bihar. He is survived by his wife Bimla Devi and other family members.
This is third death of a BSF personnel within a week since ceasefire violations erupted on international border.
BSF personnel Gurnam Singh of Magowali in Arnia area of RS Pura sector was critically injured by Pakistan in a sniper attack in Bobiya area of Hiranagar sub sector on October 21 and he died on October 29 around 11.30 pm.
Infuriated over dastardly sniper attack on Gurnam Singh, BSF claimed that it killed seven Pak rangers and a terrorist in Hiranagar, Samba and Pargwal sectors on by the evening of October 21.
Another BSF personnel head constable Sushil Kumar, a native of Pehova in Kurukshetra of Haryana, died on October 24 , after being hit by a splinter in the chest, in RS Pura sector. On the same day, a six-year-old boy was also killed in Pak shelling in Lalyal area of Kanachak sector.
At least six villagers including women and children were injured, two of them critically in Gopar Basti in RS Pura sector as Pakistan continued shelling hapless villagers through Wednesday night.
Jammu deputy commissioner Simrandeep Singh said, “Heavy mortar shelling started at Arnia around 10 pm on Wednesday. Six civilians have also been injured.”
BSF Jammu frontier DIG, Dharmender Pareekh said, “around 15 BSF border outpost areas were affected in firing. Abdulian village received maximum firing.”
Pareekh further said at 8.35 pm on Wednesday two Pakistani posts started firing flat trajectory weapons at R S Pura sector and around 9 pm they started mortar fire.
We responded in a befitting way, he added.
The injured have been identified as Jyoti sharma, 39, Raj Rani, 40, Lucky Sharma, 20, Abhi Sharma,18, Uday Sharma,10, Shano Devi, 55 of Gopar Basti and Kheru Ram of Korotana in RS Pura sector.
They have been shifted to government medical college and hospital in Jammu.
On Wednesday, ASI AK Upadhyaya sustained minor injuries when a shell fired by Pakistan Rangers exploded near him in Abdullian of RS Pura sector.
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 sternly.
Relations between the countries in the subcontinent hit a new low after Pakistani terrorists attacked Uri army base in Kashmir on September 18 killing 19 soldiers.