BSF says 15 Pak Rangers killed in a week, Pakistan denies it

Pakistani Rangers resumed mortar shelling at Abdullian and Sangral in R S Pura sector along the international border on Friday injuring one more villager. The total number of injured, since last night, has risen to four.

By: Express News Service | Jammu | Updated: October 28, 2016 9:06 pm
Jammu, jammu residents migrate, jammu migration, jammu and kashmir, j&k, j-k, jammu and kashmir shelling, jammu shelling, india news, indian express A Border Security Force (BSF) jawan keeps vigil near International Border in RS Pura Sector in Jammu PTI Photo

The Border Security Force (BSF) said on Friday that it had killed 15 Pakistani Rangers in retaliatory fire since the escalation of the situation at the border following the death of BSF constable Gurnam Singh, who was hit in a sniper attack on October 21 and died the next day.

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Meanwhile, a woman was among two civilians killed in mortar shelling along the Line of Control in Jammu and Poonch districts on Friday. The woman, identified as Isma Begum of Malikpur, is reported to have sustained splinter injuries in the head, during mortar shelling by Pakistani troops in Balakote sector of Poonch. The other victim has been identified as Ajay Kumar of Gigrial in Pallanwala sector near Akhnoor, in Jammu district.

Four others, including two girls and a woman, were injured during shelling along the International Border in Kathua district of Jammu region. The injured have been identified as Bawa Ram, 31, from Berra village, Sheetal Devi, 12, and Reeta Devi, 35, both from Pansar, and Zanif, 6, from Manyari.

Speaking to mediapersons after paying tribute to head constable Jitender Singh, who died in Pakistani firing at Abdullian in R S Pura sector on Thursday, BSF Additional Director General Arun Kumar said they had killed 15 Pakistani Rangers so far.

He said the Pakistani Rangers were being assisted by the Pakistani Army. “Under the cover of fire, they were also trying to push in terrorists. We have foiled two such attempts in recent days,” he said, adding that the BSF was giving a befitting reply and had inflicted heavy damage on the other side.

According to sources, nearly half-a-dozen Pakistani posts in Shakkergarh, Narowal and Chaprar areas have been damaged during retaliatory shelling by BSF.

A defence ministry spokesperson, Lt Colonel Manish Mehta, said Pakistani troops were using “small arms, automatics, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars” in Pallanwala, Sunderbani and Akhnoor sectors. The Indian Army was “responding appropriately and befittingly”, he added.

Meanwhile, Pakistan claimed that none of its personnel had been killed in border firing. A PTI report quoted the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) as saying that the “Indian claims of killing any Pakistani soldier at the working boundary is absolutely baseless and untrue”.

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  1. K
    Kim Sharma
    Oct 28, 2016 at 7:34 am
    Daily attacks on border is no longer news. The Modi govt survives only because of Modi's charisma and ample majority of BJP in Lok Sabha. A weak leader with slender majority would have collapsed already when it has been proven that it is ineffective to protect the borders. Besides, morons are a majority in the ministry. The overall performance of the govt is pathetic as it fails in execution, though as always the govt is good at exaggerating even non-events. A govt shouldn't be judged by the lack of major corruption scandals. How can an inert, inactive govt get soiled in corruption scandals so early? Manmohan was silent, but the UPA govt was good at execution. True, corruption scandals as well as Modi hype did it in. Modi govt should be judged by the promises and the dream it sold to voters. Isn't the recurring, daily attacks on the border enough prove that the Modi govt is the worst Indian govt ever? Even this failure could have been condoned if the govt had performed at a moderate level on the economic front, at least.
    1. P
      Oct 29, 2016 at 5:01 am
      Kejriwal will demand proof from BSF that they killed 15 papistani terrorists in retaliatory firing
      1. V
        Oct 28, 2016 at 10:58 am
        So do you think you can do anything better than yap here.. Try getting some votes. I bet your own family may not vote for your utter negativity. What do you think can be done better.. Take a tent and live in the border for a week. If you return you may have an idea and some positive thoughts for sure
        1. B
          Oct 28, 2016 at 9:18 am
          Even a d*g has better IQ than you, filthy traitor. MMS was notorious in giving biryani parties to Sharif when s use to behead Indian soldiers. But then, we have to live with az*hol*s like you. What a shame, elimination of traitor is illegal.