Four Border Security Force, BSF personnel, including an officer, were killed and three others injured in unprovoked firing by Pakistan Rangers along the International Border (IB) in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, a senior BSF officer said today.
- This is the second major ceasefire violation along the International Border this month.
- On June 3, two BSF personnel, including an assistant sub-inspector, were killed.
- 3 Person also injured during the violence.
Among the deceased were two BSF jawans, one Assistant Commandant and one Sub-Inspector, who were killed during the shelling while they were out and retaliating.
“Pakistan Rangers initiated cross border firing along IB in Ramgarh sector last night. We have lost four of our personnel, including an assistant commandant rank officer, while other 3 of our personnel suffered injuries,” IG, BSF (Jammu Frontier) Ram Awtar said.
The firing from across the border in Chamliyal post area of Ramgarh sector started around 10.30 pm yesterday and continued till 4.30 am, a police official said, requesting anonymity.
Last month, both India and Pakistan had mutually decided to respect ceasefire pact of 2003 and take sincere measures to improve the existing situation to ensure peace and avoidance of hardships to the civilians along the borders. A Ramazan ceasefire was also initiated on May 16 with the Centre directed security forces in Jammu and Kashmir to follow what it called “non-initiation of combat operations” during the holy month of Ramzan.
The Pakistani side assured that they would not initiate any cross-border firing and the BSF reciprocated by saying that it would only retaliate when provoked.
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Earlier this month, two BSF personnel and 13 civilians lost their lives in an unprovoked and indiscriminate firing by Pakistani rangers in Akhnoor, Kanachak and Khour sectors of Jammu district.
Reacting to it, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said that India will honour the Ramzan ceasefire but will retaliate to any unprovoked attack.