Officer among 4 BSF personnel killed in Pak Rangers firing
PTI | Updated: Jun 13, 2018, 09:59 IST
JAMMU: Four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, including an officer, were killed and three others injured in unprovoked firing by Pakistan Rangers along the International Border (IB) in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, a senior BSF officer said on Wednesday.
"Pakistan Rangers initiated cross border firing along IB in Ramgarh sector last night. We have lost four of our personnel, including an assistant commandant rank officer, while other 3 of our personnel suffered injuries," IG, BSF (Jammu Frontier) Ram Awtar said.
He said Pakistan Rangers and the BSF had recently agreed to ensure ceasefire +along the IB but the former violated it by initiating cross-border firing.
In a tweet, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) SP Vaid expressed his condolence over the in dent.
"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.
The firing from across the border in Chamliyal post area of Ramgarh sector started around 10.30pm on Tuesday and continued till 4.30am, a police offi al said, requesting anonymity.
He said it was not immediately clear whether the BSF personnel were killed last night or in the wee hours today.
The BSF troops also fired in retaliation, the offi al said.
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" and a sector commander-level (BSF DIG-Rangers Brigadier) meeting here on June 4 to ensure peace by "holding fire" along the IB.
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 in ceasefire violation by Pakistanalong the IB and the Line of Control (LoC) this year to 50, including 24 security personnel.
On May 29, the DGMOs of India and Pakistan agreed to "fully implement" the ceasefire pact of 2003 in "letter and spirit" forthwith to stop border skirmishes in J&K.
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.
After the DGMOs of the two countries spoke to each other, hope rekindled among border resi nts who had started returning to their homes but the latest in dent triggered fresh concerns among them.
On June 4, the border-guarding forces of India and Pakistan met at the Octroi post here and held a 15-minute meeting during which both sides decided to "develop confidence" between them.
The Pakistani side assured that they would not initiate any cross-border firing and the BSF reciprocated by saying that it would only retaliate when provoked.
Aam Aadmi-4 hours ago-Follow
Indians are moron . They made a mistake by consenting on ceasefire proposed by Pakistan . Never believe either on Pakistan or a snake !
Achou-Imphal-4 hours ago-Follow
I failed to understand the decision of this present Go nment and letting loss of precious lives . Need to adopt some serious new strategy from experts . RIP Jai Hind
rprashar2002-4 hours ago-Follow
Hit them hard and hit them deep. Enough is enough. Those pigs have called for DGMO meetings twice after we hit them hard. This time no meeting, and make them leave their posts and run.
Abhijeet Anand-4 hours ago-Follow
Dear Rajnath Singh I lost fa th in you
5 RCH Ram
RCH Ram-4 hours ago-Follow
Even though I do not like Congress, I wish INDIRA GANDHI was PM now AT LEAST when Pak attacks us and kills our soldiers. If that SHERNI was alive today, she would have torn apart Pak to pieces. I have ALWAYS LOVED HER FOR HER COURAGE AND PATRIOTISM... She was the BEST GANDHI...
Ranjeet Gupte-Delhi-4 hours ago-Follow
Very sad that BJP go nment repeatedly falling in Pakistan trap of ceasefire.... They are now committing more stupidity than Congress.....
Pakistan can not be and must not be trusted...
Bablu Kumar Yadav
Bablu-4 hours ago-Follow
Indian leaders are impent. Neither they can take decision nor they allow our soldiers to do so.
Speedbird-4 hours ago-Follow
56 inch has been a big let down...the worst actually. Am dum him in 2019 for sure.
M-City-3 hours ago-Follow
Nobody is going to give us award if we cm that India never provokes first, an enemy is enemy all the times so please kill them whenever we get a chance if possible even during the peace meetings as well!
10 Jay R
Jay-Mumbai-3 hours ago-Follow
please go for all out offensive tactics. Leave no one there
Humanity Comes First
Humanity comes first-3 hours ago-Follow
Feku before ions now shaking hands with killers of our soldiers.
Mohit-3 hours ago-Follow
We should keep killing them until they literally beg to stop
Sarfraz Lakdaw-4 hours ago-Follow
The time they were in opposition they were talking about going to war with Pakistan now they don’t even talk in high voices with them shame on our go nment
15 Dean M
Dean-traveller-4 hours ago-Follow
this Pakistan needs to be wiped out from face of earth. what is the use of holding flag meeting when Pakistan is known to break ceasefire. ?
next time when Pakistan waves white flag bomb the rascals who are calling for truce.
Sanjeev-3 hours ago-Follow
What is Modi and Nirm doing? when will this stop please give free rein to our brave soldiers to not just retaliate but to instigate whenever possible and kill as many pigs as possible
Ooh Aah Ouchh
Ooh Aah-4 hours ago-Follow
our condolences for the bereaved families... these men have d down their lives in order that we sleep peacefully. RIP brothers..
20 Rajesh Vyas
Rajesh-Rajesh Vyas-2 hours ago-Follow
How long shall we keep losing you men? is anybody in the the GOVERNMENT in DELHI.bothered or is it only po itics for wng ions and ion rallies?
Vaibhav-2 hours ago-Follow
Narendra modi and his mehbooba should be snt to loc.. Then they will realize the meaning of life
ONE LINER Challenge
ONE LINER Challenge-2 hours ago-Follow
Sad R.I.P-is there an end to this madness?
Mokkapati Prabhakara Rao
Mokkapati Prabhakara Rao-India-3 hours ago-Follow
How the fasting / re gion fear Pakistan army can kill other humans?. This shows they have no respect for their re gion and mislead the people in the name of re gion.If they can''t follow the re gion, why to preach people ?.
25 Rjrajput1956 Rajput
3 hours ago-Follow
Unless we don't show our rigidity through po itical will, we will keep on sacrificing our soldiers life on border.
Jyoti Ranjan Kar
Jyoti Ranjan Kar-3 hours ago-Follow
enough is enough now. If govt is unable to take up a firm decision , we are ready to go to border.
Bullet-33 mins ago-Follow
What is this 56 inches man doing....?? He spoke lot of things before getting ed..now he is only interested travelling abroad. why is this govt kee quite ???
Jai Hind Jai Hind-4 hours ago-Follow
This gobermint has very good relations with pakistan gobermint. They are like brothers and peace is their ultimate aim.