4 BSF per­son­nel killed in Pak fir­ing

As­sis­tant Com­man­dant-rank of­fi­cer among four killed in fir­ing while three oth­ers in­jured

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FOUR Border Se­cu­rity Force (BSF) per­son­nel, in­clud­ing an As­sis­tant Com­man­dant-rank of­fi­cer, were killed and three oth­ers in­jured in fir­ing by Pak­istan Rangers along the In­ter­na­tional Border in Samba dis­trict of Jammu and Kash­mir, a se­nior BSF of­fi­cer said on Wed­nes­day.

The BSF said that it had hon­oured the cease­fire agreed at a re­cent sec­tor com­man­der-level meet­ing but Pak­istan re­sorted to un­pro­voked fir­ing.

Eleven BSF troops have been killed in cross-border fir­ing in­ci­dents along the In­ter­na­tional Border (IB) in Jammu and Kash­mir till date in 2018, the high­est ca­su­alty fig­ure for the border force in a year in the past five years, the lat­est data re­vealed.

“Since the cease­fire was on, it is the time we use to strengthen our de­fences. A team was go­ing with de­fence ma­te­rial, Pak­istan vi­o­lated the cease­fire and fire at them with flat tra­jec­tory weapon fol­lowed by mor­tar fir­ing. That is how the causal­ity has taken place,” Ad­di­tional Di­rec­tor Gen­eral (ADG) of BSF Western Com­mand, K N Chaubey, told re­porters here on Wed­nes­day.

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, they said.

The BSF ADG said that it was very un­for­tu­nate and “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,” he said.

Asked whether the BSF will lodge a protest with Pak­istan, he said, “Of course, it would.” He as­serted that it was pre­ma­ture to say about any in­volve­ment of Pak­istan spe­cial force BAT in it.

“Pak­istan Rangers ini­ti­ated cross-border fir­ing along the IB in Ram­garh sec­tor last night. We have lost four of our per­son­nel, in­clud­ing an as­sis­tant com­man­dant-rank of­fi­cer, while three of our per­son­nel suf­fered in­juries,” In­spec­tor Gen­eral, BSF (Jammu

Fron­tier) Ram Aw­tar told PTI.

In a tweet, Jammu and Kash­mir Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice (DGP) SP Vaid ex­pressed con­do­lences. “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,” he said.

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,” the state­ment said.

As­sis­tant Com­man­dant Ji­ten­dra Singh joined BSF in 2011 and hails from Jaipur. Sub In­spec­tor Ra­jneesh Ku­mar joined BSF in 2012 hails from Etah in UP. Con­sta­ble Han­sraj Gur­jar joined BSF in 2011 and As­si­tant Sub In­spec­tor Ram­ni­was had joined BSF in 1988.

(PTI)

BSF jawans pay trib­ute to four of their col­leagues, killed in Pak­istani fir­ing, at a wreath lay­ing cer­e­mony at Paloura BSF Head­quar­ters in Jammu on Wed­nes­day.

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