Pak vi­o­lates cease­fire on IB, one sol­dier killed

Pak­istan rangers use long-range mor­tars to pound In­dian po­si­tions

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Sri­na­gar: Ten­sion gripped In­ter­na­tional Border (IB) on Fri­day af­ter Pak­istan Rangers re­sorted to un­pro­voked fir­ing on the In­dian for­ward po­si­tions and civil­ian ar­eas, leav­ing a Border Se­cu­rity Force (BSF) sol­dier dead and a civil­ian in­jured in Ar­nia sec­tor of RS Pora in the Jammu di­vi­sion.

Con­sta­ble Bri­jen­dra Ba­hadur Singh was on a duty at For­ward Post near the fence when Pak­istan Rangers opened fire at 3 am on Fri­day. Singh suf­fered bul­let in­juries in his ab­domen and was rushed to the Gov­ern­ment Med­i­cal Col­lege Hos­pi­tal Jammu where he was declared dead on ar­rival.

“Con­sta­ble Bri­jen­dra Ba­hadur Singh, who at­tained mar­tyr­dom dur­ing heavy fir­ing from other side of the border, de­fended duty post valiantly by giv­ing be­fit­ting re­ply to sup­press en­emy fire,” said a BSF spokesman.

Hail­ing from Vidya Bhawan Naray­pur vil­lage of Balia district in Ut­tar Pradesh, the 32-year-old is sur­vived by wife Sush­mita Singh. Cre­ma­tion will take place at his na­tive vil­lage on Satur­day.

“As a peace­ful coun­try we never ini­ti­ate fire from our side. But we will never hes­i­tate to give be­fit­ting re­ply if we are com­pelled,” said Ram Aw­tar, in­spec­tor gen­eral of BSF, Jammu Fron­tier.

A tear­ful homage was paid to the mar­tyr at a solemn cer­e­mony held at Jammu on Fri­day. Lead­ing the na­tion to pay homage was Jammu and Kash­mir Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Dr Nir­mal Singh.

“Sac­ri­fice of mar­tyrs shall be re­mem­bered for­ever. BSF has the his­tory of brav­ery,” Dr Singh said.

“Pak vi­o­lated cease­fire at Nikowal, Bud­hwar, Bu­leyChak, S.H.Beh and Shah­nazAr­nia Sec­tors, Jammu last night. BSF jawan killed, civil­ian in­jured”, tweeted Jammu and Kash­mir Po­lice.

—PTI

An el­derly woman shows the parts of mor­tar shells at So­hag­pur Powal vil­lage on Fri­day

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