Late on Sunday night Pakistani Rangers violated ceasefire in R S Pura sector of international border (IB), using mortar shells and firing small arms. On Monday morning, one BSF jawan succumbed to his injuries while another got severly injured in the gunfight. It is also reported that one of the local residents also got injured during the incident.
“Pakistan rangers resorted to first small arm fire at 1820 hours and few 82 mm mortar bombs were also fired at our positions at 2145 hours. In the firing and shelling, one BSF Jawan was martyred and another injured,” said BSF officer said, adding that the BSF troops guarding IB were giving a befitting reply.
It is also reported that due the severe shelling last night on the border, cattle casualties have also taken place. Nearly 30 animals from the cattle are dead, 100 others injured. Animal Husbandry department has been put on alert.
Identifying the deceased head constable as Sushil Kumar of Pahova in Kurukshetra district of Haryana and the injured ASI as R D Puri, official sources said that mortar shelling was continuing. Two women were also injured in Pakistani shelling in Akhnoor. Identifying the injured women as Parkasho Devi of Gajanso and Krishna Devi of Treva, sources said that the BSF was retaliating tat all the places. Over two dozen BSF posts were affected in fresh spate of intense mortar shelling which came from across the border after a lull of two-three hours, sources said. The shelling is so intense that it is audible even in areas situated nearly 20 kms away from the international border.
Earlier on Sunday, Pakistan violated the ceasefire along the IB, as Pakistani Rangers used small arm fire to target Indian posts, which was not retaliated by the BSF. The ceasefire violation came within hours of warning by Additional Director General, BSF, Arun Kumar that Pakistan will have to face dire consequences if any BSF Jawan was targeted.
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In this context, he referred to the killing of seven Pakistani Rangers in BSF retaliation to their skipper fire hitting latter’s sepoy Gurnam Singh in the head on Friday morning. A day before getting hit by Pakistani bullet, Gurnam had been instrumental in foiling an infiltration attempt by a group of terrorists from across the international border into Bobiyan area of Hiranagar sector. One terrorist was also killed at that time.
On Friday night, Pakistan Rangers had targeted the border hamlets and border outposts (BoP) with mortar shells and opened fire from automatic weapons along the IB in the sector. During the late night attack, which started around 11 PM and continued till Saturday morning, Pakistan Rangers had used 60 and 81 mm shells in the Korotana Khurd and Budhipur Jattan villages in the R S Pura sector.
There have been over 40 incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops since India carried out surgical strikes in PoK after the Uri terror attack in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed.