In another major incident of ceasefire violation after the installation of Narendra Modi government at the Centre, Pakistani Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing on the Indian side along the international border, killing a BSF jawan and injuring two others among six people at Kaku Da Kothey in Arnia sector on Wednesday.
Identifying the deceased jawan as Sanjay Dhar of Punjab, sources said that the Pakistani fire came around 1115 hrs when local villagers were working in their fields near the international border. In the first volley of shots, some BSF jawans at nearby Pittal post too got injured.
The BSF personnel retaliated and the exchange of fire at intermittent intervals were going on till afternoon. Senior BSF officials have rushed to the spot, while the injured have been admitted to hospitals at R S Pura and in Jammu.
The injured include ASI Sham Lal and constable Som Raj, both of 192 Battalion, besides civilians Jai Nandan, Jatta Nandan, both brothers and Jawar Nandan – all residents of Bihar and working as agricultural labourers in paddy fields, and Mukesh Kumar – a local.
Significantly, the Pakistani fire has come two days after Army Chief General Bikram Singh visited the state to review situation along the borders with both Pakistan and China.
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