BSF loses 4 personnel in Pak firing; its highest casualties in years
We’ve maintained sanctity of ceasefire pact, but Pak firing a betrayal: BSF ADG
FOUR Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, including an assistant command an trank officer, were killed and three others injured in firing by Pakistan Rangers along the International Border in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in “betrayal” of a truce announced recently.
Eleven BSF troops have been killed in cross-border firing incidents along the International Border (IB) in J&K till date in 2018, the highest casualty figure for the border force in a year in the past five years, the latest data revealed.
The “unprovoked” firing in Ramgarh sector, which began on Tuesday night, came days after the two border guarding forces, at a sector commander-level meeting on June 4, agreed to maintain peace and tranquillity along the IB.
“Since the ceasefire was on... the time we use to strengthen our defences... A team was going with defence material, when Pakistan violated the ceasefire and fired at them with flat trajectory weapon followed by mortar firing,” Additional Director General (ADG) of BSF Western Command, KN Chaubey said. Another team of the BSF led by Assistant commandant Jitender Singh rushed to evacuate them and a mortar fired from Pakistan’s Asraf Post exploded close to them in Border Our Post (BoP) Chambiliyal, resulting in fatal causalities.
The BSF ADG said that it was very unfortunate as the ceasefire announcement made and agreed is to be honoured. “We have honoured it and Pakistan has not honoured it. And what Pakistan does is Pakistan’s business and how we respond to betrayal is our job.”
Asked whether the BSF will lodge a protest with Pak- istan, he said, “Of course, it would.” He asserted that it was premature to say about any involvement of Pakistan special force BAT in it.
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. BSF troops also fired in retaliation.
Curiously however, Pakistan on Wednesday summoned India’s Acting Deputy High Commissioner and condemned the alleged “unprovoked ceasefire violations” by Indian troops across the Line of Control which resulted in the death of a civilian.
J&K Director General of Police ( DGP) SP Vaid expressed condolences in a tweet, “In Ramgarh Jammu sector of IB, 4 BSF personnel were martyred including one Asstt Commandant & 5 injured due to firing from across. Our heart goes to those who lost their dear ones.”
In a statement, the BSF said, “Around 2140 hours Pak Rangers Post Asraf started unprovoked firing on BOP Chamliyal with flat and high trajectory weapons. Retaliating this unprovoked fire, Jitender Singh, Assistant Commandant, SI Rajneesh, ASI Ramniwas, Constable Hansraj attained martyrdom. Three other bordermen received severe injuries. Injured BSF personnel have been evacuated to hospital.”
Assistant Commandant BSF Jitendra Singh from Jaipur (Rajasthan) is survived by his wife and a 3-year-old son and his family had left him on Tuesday after staying with him for some time. Sub Inspector Rajneesh Kumar hails from Etah in UP. While both Assistant Sub Inspector Ramniwas, and Constable Hansraj Gurjar hail from Sikar and Alwar in Rajasthan.
This is the second major ceasefire violation along the IB this month and came despite Director General Military Operations (DGMO) of the two countries agreeing on May 29 to implement the ceasefire pact of 2003 in “letter and spirit”.
On June 3, two BSF personnel, including an Assistant Sub-Inspector, were killed and 10 persons, mostly civilians, injured in heavy shelling and firing by Pakistan Rangers along the IB in Pragwal, Kanachak and Khour sectors.
The latest casualties take the number of those killed
Crossing all limits of cowardice, Pakistan indulged in cross-border firing in the middle of night in which 4 of our jawans were killed and 3 others injured. But our country’s leadership is adopting an uncertain Pak policy. Till when will this continue? Randeep Surjewala, Congress leader Suspension of operations in the state has given the people a sigh of relief and I hope the same is extended to the borders and an atmosphere of peace returns to these areas. Mehbooba Mufti, J&K chief minister Time has come to make the cost of military engagement of any kind with India unaffordable for Pakistan and for that a limited war, which several military strategists have recommended, should be seriously considered and that too at the earliest. Choudhary Lal Singh, BJP leader Pakistan’s repeated treacherous acts during Ramzan prove that it’s taking advantage of the lack of our clear Pak policy. GA Mir, Cong J&K president
in ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the IB and the Line of Control (LoC) this year to 51, including 25 security personnel.
Last month, thousands of people residing along the IB in Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts had to flee their homes following intense shelling from Pakistan between May 15 and May 23 which left 12 people dead, including two BSF jawans and an infant, and scores of others injured.
BSF officers carry the coffins of their colleagues at the wreath-laying ceremony at the BSF headquarters in Jammu