2 BSF jawans killed, 12 civilians injured as Pakistan pounds 10 posts, 35 villages in Jammu
The Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers exchanged heavy fire in Pargwal sector of Akhnoor on early Sunday morning after two BSF men were killed in Pakistani sniper fire earlier in the night.
The latest skirmish comes barely four days after the Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) of Pakistan called up his Indian counterpart for restoring ceasefire agreement on May 29.
Heavy Pakistani shelling in Pargwal sector also injured 12 villagers.
At least 10 BSF posts and 35 villages were being targeted by the Pakistani forces.
BSF Jammu frontier inspector general Ram Awtar said, “There was a targeted fire on our duty mounds from across the international border which was helped by adjoining posts of Rangers. Two our men were martyred.”
He also blamed Pakistan for dishonouring the ceasefire yet again.
“Following DGMOs talk we strictly adhered to ceasefire agreement but there is difference in words and deeds of Pakistan,” he said.
The IG said that the BSF has retaliated strongly to the latest round of unprovoked shelling.
Pargwal police post in-charge Brij Lal Sharma said, “Around 2.15 am on Sunday, two BSF men were killed in sniper fire by Pakistan across the international border in Pargwal sector of Akhnoor sub division in Jammu.”
Another police officer said that Pargwal market is being targeted by the Pak Rangers.
Explosions of mortar shells could be heard in Jammu city.
An Intelligence official said that 2:15 am Pakistan Rangers of 21 Chenab Rangers opened sniper fire at BSF’s on Jaman Bela post of 33 Battalion in Pargwal sector.
“As a result BSF constable V K Pandey and ASI S N Yadav died on the spot and mortar firing started between both the sides, which is continuing,” he added.
Pandey was 27 and Yadav was 48.
At least 12 people including two BSF men were killed in intense Pak shelling for nine straight days from May 15 to May 23 in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts, which had displaced over a lakh people from the border areas, prompting the state government to set up relief camps away from firing range of the enemy.
With the annual pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Amarnath is scheduled to begin on June 28, the security apparatus in Jammu and Kashmir is on alert after intelligence inputs that a large number of terrorists including suicide bombers of the Lashkar-e-Taiba have been kept in various launch pads across the Line of Control to be pushed into the state.
Union home minister Rajnath Singh is visiting the state on June 7 and 8 to review the security scenario.
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