A jawan of the Border Security Force was killed early today in an unprovoked firing along the India-Pakistan International Border (IB) in Arnia sector of Jammu.
Photo of BSF Constable Sitaram Upadhyay, who lost his life in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in RS Pura sector of #JammuAndKashmir. He hails from Jharkhand & is survived by a three-year-old daughter and a one-year-old son. pic.twitter.com/ViHqGi5Rzc
— ANI (@ANI) May 18, 2018
“Firing in Heeranagar area was on during the intervening night of May 16 and 17 in which one BSF trooper was injured. Yesterday, during the daytime, it stopped but Pakistan resumed firing last night in the Arnia sector which claimed the life of a jawan early today,” a senior official of the border guarding force said. The official added that in the R S Pura sector of the IB in Jammu, unprovoked shelling of mortars and heavy fire from the Pakistani side started at about 4 am today which was being “suitably countered” by the BSF units.
The official added that in the R S Pura sector of the IB in Jammu, unprovoked shelling of mortars and heavy fire from the Pakistani side started at about 4 am today which was being “suitably countered” by the BSF units. “The firing in the R S Pura sector has stopped now,” he said.
If they are targeting us, they are getting an appropriate reply. We were expecting such an incident because the harvesting season is over & once harvesting season gets over, they always do such mischief: Ram Awtar, IG BSF, on ceasefire violation by Pakistan in RS Pura sector. pic.twitter.com/kydxnzTJm0
— ANI (@ANI) May 18, 2018
The incidents of unprovoked firing and attempts to infiltrate the IB have increased in the last few days even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to reach Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday as part of an official visit.
#BREAKING: One BSF Jawan martyred, two civilians killed as Pakistan indulges in heavy unprovoked cross-border firing since early morning at Arnia of RS Pura sector near Jammu. Few others injured. This is Pakistan’s response to unilateral #RamzanCeasefire by Govt of India.
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) May 18, 2018
A BSF jawan was killed along the Jammu border area earlier this week while he was thwarting an infiltration bid.
People in Arnia, the biggest town along the IB in the state with a population of over 20,000, have been asked to stay indoors. Schools within a five kilometre radius of the border have also been closed as a preventive measure.
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