After a lull of nearly 48 hours, Pakistani Rangers again violated ceasefire by resorting to small arms fire and mortar shelling on at least three places in R S Pura sector on Sunday evening.
“Only two – three small bursts fired between duty points” at 6.20 pm, said a BSF spokesperson, adding that “no border petrol vehicle was targeted”. Later at 9.45 pm, “a few 82 mm mortar shells were fired. However, there had been no damage on our side,” he added.
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Meanwhile, sources said that Pakistani firing which started at Abdullian with the use of small arms fire on Sunday evening later spread to Korotana Khurshid and Tube Well No.5 by night. The Pakistani Rangers were also using 82 mm mortar shells till reports last came in.
The BSF was retaliating st all the places. Though there had been no casualty or damage on the Indian side, high alert was being maintained all along the border with Pakistan.
Significantly, the latest ceasefire by Pakistan has come A than 12 hours after Additional Director General of BSF Arun Kumar warned Pakistan that it will have to pay a heavy price if it tried even to touch any of its personnel. In this context, he referred to the killing of seven Pakistani Rangers in BSF retaliation to their skipper fire hitting latter’s sepoy Gurnam Singh in the head on Friday morning.
A day before getting hit by Pakistani bullet, Gurnam had been instrumental in foiling an infiltration attempt by a group of terrorists from across the international border into Bobiyan area of Hiranagar sector. One terrorist was also killed at that time.
Gurnam, who was admitted in intensive care unit of the Government Medical College Hospital at Jammu, succumbed to his injury at the midnight of October 22-23. His body was taken to his native village Rath anand in R S Pura tehsildar where his cremation will take place on Monday.