AN ASSISTANT Commandant of the Border Security Force (BSF) was killed and two others, including an army personnel, were injured as Pakistani troops started unprovoked firing at various places along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) in Rajouri and Kathua districts of Jammu and Kashmir, on Tuesday.
The deceased, Assistant Commandant Vinay Prasad, was hit by a sniper shot fired from across the IB in Kathua’s Pansrar area in Hiranagar sector in the morning, sources said. He was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injury. The cross-fire lasted nearly five minutes.
In the evening, Pakistani troops resorted to firing on forward Indian positions at Dadal, along the LoC in Rajouri district’s Sunderbani sector, injuring a BSF personnel and an Army soldier. The injured were admitted to a hospital. Condition of one of them is serious, sources said.
Pakistani troops also resorted to firing in Nowshera sector during the day. No deaths or injuries were reported, sources said, adding that the Indian Army retaliated.
Since the beginning of 2019, Pakistani troops have been resorting to unprovoked firing and mortar shelling along the borders in Jammu and Kashmir. Sources attributed these incidents of ceasefire violation, to desperation across the border to push armed terrorists into the state.
According to reports, there were nearly 300 terrorists camping at launching pads across the border waiting for an opportunity to sneak into the state from Pakistan side ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. The Pakistani troops were desperate to push in terrorists in view of the successful conduct of panchayat and municipal elections in the state recently, sources said.
On Monday, Pakistani troops had started firing in Khari Karmara and Gulpur areas of Poonch district. A soldier had been injured by a sniper shot in Rajouri district’s Keri sector the previous day.
Northern Army Commander Lt General Ranbir Singh had on Monday visited forward posts in Rajouri and Akhnoor sectors to review operational preparedness of the troops and the prevailing security situation. Talking to the troops, the commander had reinforced the need to be prepared for effectively meeting the emerging security challenges, besides exhorting all ranks to remain vigilant.
There had been 2,936 instances of ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir in 2018, the highest in the last 15 years. At least 61 people were killed and over 250 were injured in the ceasefire violations last year.