Three labourers were injured in Samba sector as Pakistani Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing from across the International Border on Friday evening.
Official sources said that the injured were working on a culvert at Manguchak inside the Indian territory when Rangers suddenly opened fire from across the border targetting BSF Naka mound and the labourers around 5.05 pm. The BSF retaliated and the exchange of fire continued till 5.30 pm, they said, adding the injured were evacuated tin the area the hospital.
It has been the second ceasefire violation in Samba sector during the last fortnight as two women were killed in Pakistani mortar shelling at Chilyari.
Though situation has been peaceful ever since the Director General level meeting between BSF and Paksitan Rangers last month, the former have not lowered its guard along the border, said BSF Inspector General for Jammu Frontiers, Rakesh Sharma. “We have decided not to take anything lightly and there have been clear instructions to the troops on ground to maintain vigil 24×7 as they have been keeping before that meeting,’’ he added.
Pointing out that terror infrastructure in Pakistan was still intact and the same had not been dismantled so far, he said that the BSF was keeping a watch on every activity across the border.
He also talked about their winter strategy to check infiltration from across the border. “As the winter set in and passes get closed due to heavy snowfall, we immediately shift to our winter postures,’’ said Inspector General of BSF, Jammu frontier, Rakesh Sharma. There are certain actions which BSF take to guard the borders during that period. “We beef up not only our strength, but also the surveillance and the patrolling activity,’’ he added.
Pointing out that winter strategy has already been finalized, Sharma said that “it has been put in place at some places. At others, it will be in place in another ten days when winter sets in’’. “Every inch of the border will be kept under surveillance day and night,’’ he said, adding that the security forces have already beefed up security on the borders in view of festival season in Jammu region.