India returns Pakistani fire, kills 7 Rangers, 1 terrorist
India’s Border Security Force (BSF) said on Friday that it killed seven Pakistani Rangers. and a terrorist in retaliatory firing. The killings come after a sniper attack by the Pakistani forces at Hiranagar in Kathua district of Jammu had injured an Indian trooper in the morning. After the Rangers injured BSF jawan Gurnam Singh in sniper fire and also tried to block attempts by his colleagues to evacuate him to safety, BSF launched an aggressive retaliation marked by intermittent small arms and “area weapons” fire. “We had to respond when they tried to prevent our efforts to rescue our injured jawan,” BSF additional director-general Arun Kumar told Times of India. The death of the seven Pakistan Rangers, which comes after the September 29 surgical strikes on terror launchpads in Pakistanoccupied Kashmir, may delay the prospect of de-escalation of tension between the neighbours. The killing of the Rangers was part of a larger drive to prevent infiltration. This has seen the Army and paramilitary troopers foil determined efforts by the Pakistan Army to help terrorists cross over to India. The BSF’s response was part of the Modi government’s decision to raise the cost for Pakistan for its continuing use of terrorism to hurt India.
The BSF said that the fatalities suffered by the Rangers were confirmed by the Pakistani media, with a news report quoting a source listing the number of dead Pakistani Rangers personnel as five. BSF’s said that Gurnam and other BSF jawans were targeted because they had responded effectively to foil an attempt , captured by thermal imagers, to push terrorists into India on the intervening night of October 19 and 20 in the same area of Hiranagar.
May delay the prospect of deescalation of tension between the neighbours. The killing of the Rangers was part of a larger drive to prevent infiltration.