October 27, 2015 8:45:11 pm
BSF today lodged a strong protest with Pak Rangers over its “unprovoked” cross-border firing which killed one civilian and injured 14 in Jammu and Kashmir over past few days and warned that such acts or any other misadventure will not be tolerated at any cost.
The protest was conveyed at the Sector Commander level Flag Meeting between BSF and Pakistan Rangers at BOP Octroi (Pakistan side) in R S Pura sector of Jammu district which lasted for about two hours.
The Flag Meeting was convened in the wake of renewed firing by Pakistani Rangers after over a month-long lull. “BSF strongly protested the killing of one civilian and injuries to others due to unprovoked firing of Pakistan Rangers,” a senior BSF officer said after the meeting.
“BSF conveyed it to Pakistan Rangers in strong words that any misadventure on the International Border and the firing and shelling on Indian villages will not be tolerated at any cost,” the officer said.
After a lull of over a month, Pakistan Rangers resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling from October 23 targeting large number of BoPs and border hamlets with 81, 82 mm mortar bombs and heavy machine guns till yesterday morning. It resulted in the death of a civilian and injuries to 14 others.
Over two dozen bovines were also killed or injured. On October 23, one civilian labourer Raj Kumar from Chhattisgarh was killed and two other civilians were injured in the firing by Pakistani Rangers along IB in Mangu Chack area on Samba sector.
The next day, five civilians were injured in the Pakistani firing and shelling along IB in Mawa and Bhatti villages in Samba.
On October 25, six people were injured in Pak shelling in Bobiya area along IB in Hirnagar sector of Kathua district. One civilian was injured in Pak firing in Ramgarh belt of samba sector yesterday.
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