Pak violates border ceasefire after 3 years
BSF Jammu Additional DIG (G), KS Chauhan confirms that it was the first violation of ceasefire since Nov 26, 2003, reports Deepak Khajuria.Updated: Jan 17, 2007 17:46 IST
Supporting the intruders to cross over into the Indian territory, Pakistani Rangers early on Wednesday morning violated more than three-year-old ceasefire between India and Pakistan.
Border Security Force (BSF) Jammu Additional DIG (G), KS Chauhan confirmed to Hindustan Times that it was the first violation of ceasefire since November 26, 2003 on Indo-Pak International Border in Jammu and Kashmir.
"At around 2:50 am on Wednesday, 8 to 10 intruders from Pakistani side tried to enter. They were supported by Pakistani Rangers, who opened fire on the BSF troops at Matkulla post in tehsil Akhnoor in Jammu region," Chauhan said.
"However, BSF retaliated the fire and successfully foiled the infiltration attempt," he added. Two BSF personnel from 26 Battalion including a Sub-Inspector Avinash Kumar Chaturvedi and a constable Harish Chander were injured in the firing and shifted to the Army Hospital in Satwari in Jammu.
The sub-inspector was hurt on the collar, whereas the constable sustained three gun shots at his right shoulder. The officials said both were out of danger.
"The Indian Border Outpost (BOP) Matkulla is opposite to the Pakistani post Jung and just 500 metre from the place where the incident occurred. The terrorists that tried to infiltrate inside our territory were visible, while returning from Pakistani side after the bid was foiled," the Additional DIG added.
It was the second unsuccessful attempt during the last three days.
Earlier, BSF foiled an infiltration bid on the Indo-Pak International Border early on Monday morning at Alfa Machal post in the same sector.
The incident of firing was the violation of ceasefire between India and Pakistan after the then Pakistani Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Jamali on November 23, 2003, called for a unilateral ceasefire on the LoC and the International Border, which was positively responded by New Delhi and the ceasefire accord was effected on November 26.
Keeping the seriousness of the incident in mind, the senior BSF officials immediately rushed to the spot and after returning, the Additional DIG (G) said that the situation was under control.
"We would take some measures soon so that it will not be repeated in future and multiply the number of patrolling parties and troops on the BOPs," he added.
First Published: Jan 17, 2007 17:46 IST