Series of ceasefire violations by Pak; Rajnath takes stock

RSTV Bureau

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One BSF soldier was killed and three others left injured after Pakistan troops opened fire resorting to heavy shelling and firing from automatic weapons in a series of ceasefire violation in several sectors along the International Border in Jammu area. Since last two days, Pakistan troops have targeted 13 BoPs and civilian areas along International Border in RS Pura, Pargwal and Kanachak.

Union Minister Rajnath Singh, who is in Bahrain on a three-day tour, took the stock of situation along the International border.

“Spoke to DG BSF who apprised me of the situation in border areas of Jammu region. The BSF is capable of giving befitting reply,” he said after speaking to Director General of Border Security Force KK Sharma.

“I salute the bravery and sacrifice of BSF jawan Sushil Kumar who was martyred in RS Pura sector of Jammu region last night,” he shared in his tweet.

On Sunday, Pakistan Rangers violated ceasefire twice in RS Pura sector of international border (IB), using mortar shells and firing small arms. Retaliating strongly to the Pak firing, Border Security Force (BSF) returned fire from the Indian side.

File Photo: Union Home Minister RajnathSingh in an internal security review meeting in the National Capital Photo-PTI

File Photo: Union Home Minister RajnathSingh Photo-PTI

“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,” a BSF spokesman said adding, Pakistan Rangers resorted to mortar shelling in Abdullian and Korotana Khurd area of the sector.

The ceasefire violation came within hours of stern warning by Additional Director General, BSF, Arun Kumar, who said that Pakistan will have to face dire consequences if any BSF Jawan was targeted.

“If they try to do anything, they will be given a befitting reply. We are fully prepared for that,” he had said.

Earlier last week, seven Pakistan Rangers personnel and a terrorist were killed and three others seriously injured in a befitting retaliatory action by the BSF as the Pakistani troops had targeted six sectors in Jammu, Kathua, Samba, Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

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.

(With inputs from the PTI)