Heavy firing along LoC; Pak intruder shot dead
A Pakistani intruder was shot dead in Pargwal sector, Akhnoor tehsil, about 40-km from Jammu city, on Sunday night during a heavy exchange of fire along the international border, which started after a peaceful Saturday.chandigarh Updated: Aug 20, 2012 19:21 IST
A Pakistani intruder was shot dead in Pargwal sector, Akhnoor tehsil, about 40-km from Jammu city, on Sunday night during a heavy exchange of fire along the international border, which started after a peaceful Saturday.
The intermittent firing continued till early morning. According to reports there was heavy exchange of firing on the Line of Control (LoC) at Balnoi in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district on Sunday night.
According to BSF officials the intruder was probably a guide to a group of infiltrators who had crossed the border and was about 100-mt inside the Indian territory.
"He was probably sent to reconnaissance before the group could sneak in," said a BSF official, requesting anonymity.
It is the fourteenth such incident of cease fire violation which was agreed by India and Pakistan during NDA government headed by then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayye.
Pakistani rangers fired at the Sidhwara border-out-post, where this intruder was shot dead. They also fired at Mala Bela, Garkhal, Sidra camp BoPs in Akhnoor. The BSF troopers also fired back which according to reports had caused causalities across the border.
"We had communicated to the Pakistan rangers to hold a flag-meeting so that the dead body could be handed back. But they did not respond as a result the body was handed over to the local police," said the BSF official.
On Saturday Pakistan rangers fired at Abdullaian BoP in RS Pura sector, which is about 50-km along the border from Pargwal sector.
Pakistan has been continuously firing along the international border and also at the LoC after the detection of secret tunnel on July 28. A BSF jawan had died in Pak firing on August 17 in RS Pura sector.
There have been 154 incidents of cease fire violations along LoC in the last three years.
First Published: Aug 20, 2012 19:16 IST