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Pak Rangers open fire along international border, BSF retaliates; soldier injured

BSF personnel were conducting a cleaning and area domination drive in Arnia sector of Jammu district when the Pakistan Rangers opened fire.

india Updated: May 12, 2017 17:58 IST
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Hindustan Times, Jammu
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BSF personnel patrol along the international border on the outskirts of Jammu.(PTI FILE PHOTO)

A BSF jawan was injured after Pakistan Rangers opened unprovoked fire along the International Border in Arnia sector of Jammu district in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday morning.

A BSF officer said Pakistan Rangers fired a few shots warning the Indian troops conducting a cleaning and area domination drive using a tractor in the region.

“Our troops also retaliated with few rounds fire. Some exchange of mortar shell also took place,” BSF Jammu frontier DIG, Dharmender Pareekh said.

“A BSF jawan suffered minor injuries when the Rangers targeted Pittal post along the border. He didn’t suffer any bullet or splinter injury. While fleeing the tractor to escape enemy fire, the jawan got entangled in the vehicle and suffered a minor injury,” he added.

The exchanges started around 7 am and lasted till 8.45 am.

The BSF from time to time undertakes anti-tunnelling and cleaning drives on the international border to find trans-border tunnels dug up by Pakistani forces to push militants into Jammu and Kashmir.

Such tunnels have been detected by the BSF from Samba district to Pallanwala sector of Akhnoor sub division in Jammu district.

“Today, at about 0630 hours, while one BSF operational and area maintenance party was dominating the area ahead of border fencing in Arnia, Pakistani Rangers without any reason, fired on it. A bullet hit the tractor used by BSF in a field and as a result very minor scratch was sustained by driver of the vehicle,” said a BSF spokesperson.

BSF troops on duty points gave swift and befitting reply to the Pakistan troops. However , Pak Rangers further tried to vitiate the situation by targeting our duty points with mortar fire, which was also responded in controlled and accurate manner by the alert BSF troops, he said.

“Soon a strong protest will be lodged to Pak Rangers for the mischief by their forward troops. BSF is on high alert and fully committed to ensure sanctity of International Border,” he added.

In Naushera sector of Rajouri district, at least 20 families comprising 50 people migrated from Jhangar to a government higher secondary school after heavy shelling by Pakistani troops on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday.

However, there was no firing by Pak army on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday, Rajouri deputy commissioner Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary told HT.

A woman died and her husband was injured in Pak shelling early Thursday.

First Published: May 12, 2017 11:20 IST