A Jawan of the Border Security Force was martyred after the Pakistan rangers resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation, targeting a BSF Patrol team along the International Border in the Ramgarh Sector of Samba district in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. As per BSF officials, at around 1040 hours Pakistan rangers resorted to unprovoked firing in the Ramgarh sector in which a BSF Jawan lost his life.
“A BSF party which was on domination patrolling ahead of Fence was fired upon by the Pakistan rangers. BSF troops immediately took position and retaliated but the enemy bullets hit a BSF Jawan” a BSF official said.
He said that Pakistan rangers took advantage of a protective Bundh that is on the Pakistani side of the international border and they fired from behind that Bundh.
“Own side area is undulated, marshy and having thick sarkanda growth. It made the immediate locating of the fallen jawan difficult”, the officer said.
He said that the situation was brought under control by BSF and ultimately the body of the BSF Jawan was recovered by late evening. He said that the BSF is taking further action on clearing the area of any likely IED, Booby Trap in the area.
Tuesday's ceasefire violation on the international border comes within 24 hours of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurating two pilot projects of the Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) or Hi Tech Smart Fence aimed at curbing infiltration from the other side.
The CIBMS is aimed to make cross border infiltration from the Pakistani side next to impossible as the system will not only keep an eye on the ground, but will also guard against infiltration from under water, ground and from air.
“Today’s Ceasefire violation exposes the frustration on the Pakistani side as they want to push in trained terrorists into the Indian side and the domination of the BSF on the international border is making their job difficult and hence they resort to CFV” a senior BSF official requesting anonymity said.
He said that the force will give a befitting response to this ”cowardly act” of Pakistani rangers and the martyrdom of the Jawan will be avenged.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan army also resorted to “unprovoked” ceasefire violation along the line of control in the Gulpur sector of Poonch district that was effectively retaliated by the army.
“Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in the Gulpur sector at around 1 am and the fire was retaliated the firing continued till 3 am” an army officer said.
He said that during the day also Pakistan army resorted to firing in the same sector, which was “effectively” retaliated by the Indian side.
The officer said that there were no reports of any loss of life or injury to our side.