Four BSF personnel have lost their lives and three others have been injured in a ceasefire violation by Pakistan Rangers along the international border in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district. Martyred soliders include Assistant Commander Jatinder Singh, ASI Ram Niwas, ASI Rajneesh Kumar and Constable Hansraj. The injured soldiers are being treated at nearest military hospital.
One Assistant Commandant, one Sub-Inspector and two soldiers of Border Security Force (BSF) today lost their lives in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Chambliyal sector of Samba. #JammuAndKashmir pic.twitter.com/5NTSBWKzDV
— ANI (@ANI) June 13, 2018
“Pakistan Rangers initiated cross border firing along the International Border in Ramgarh last night. We have lost four of our personnel, including an assistant commandant rank officer, while other 3 of our personnel suffered injuries,” Inspector General, BSF, Ram Awtar told news agency PTI. The police chief of Jammu and Kashmir, SP Vaid, in a tweet expressed his condolences.
In Ramgarh Jammu sector of IB , 4 BSF personnel were martyred including one Asstt Commandant & 5 injured due to firing from across. Our heart goes to those who lost their dear ones.
— Shesh Paul Vaid (@spvaid) June 13, 2018
Even as the Indian forces are maintaining a ceasefire against terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir and border truce with Pakistan, there have been over 1,000 violations from the Pakistani side in 2018 alone, the government said.
“We have maintained that the ceasefire violation by Pakistan is used as a cover to infiltrate terrorists into our territory and we have seen the results of such infiltrations in the past. We hope that Pakistan will realise what it is doing and adheres to the 2003 ceasefire agreement between the two countries in this matter,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on June 7.
This is the second major ceasefire violation along the IB this month
This came despite Director General Military Operations (DGMO) of the two countries agreeing, on May 29, to implement the ceasefire pact of 2003 in “letter and spirit” and a sector commander-level (BSF DIG-Rangers Brigadier) meeting here on June 4 to ensure peace by “holding fire” along the IB.
On June 2, two BSF personnel, including an officer, died after Pakistani troops targeted Indian posts along the International Border in Jammu. The heavy firing and mortar shelling from across the border in Pragwal area of Akhnoor and nearby Kanachak and Khour sectors also injured 10 persons, including a policeman and a woman. Border residents were forced to abandon their homes and move to safer places.
The latest casualties take the number of those killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the IB and the Line of Control (LoC) this year to 50, including 24 security personnel.
On May 29, the DGMOs of India and Pakistan agreed to “fully implement” the ceasefire pact of 2003 in “letter and spirit” forthwith to stop border skirmishes in J&K.
Indians reacted angrily on Pakistan and expressed their outrage:-
Pakistan is addicted to terror. Cannot & won’t reform. Pak army DNA is anti-India. After losing every war to India since 47 it continues to bleed India. The martyrdom of 4 @BSF_India personnel is the heavy price we pay for thinking Pak DGMO/Rangers want peace. Must Bleed Pak army pic.twitter.com/URnFHM1wmG
— GAURAV C SAWANT (@gauravcsawant) June 13, 2018
Last night 2140 hrs, Pak Rangers post Asraf started unprovoked firing in Arnia Sector, Jammu on BSF post Chamliyal. While retaliating, 4 @BSF_India brave hearts were martyred in the line of duty. I stand with their families in their hour of grief and pain. Jai Hind 🙏 pic.twitter.com/mpIkuNMmNQ
— Major Gaurav Arya (@majorgauravarya) June 13, 2018
— Milind Arolkar (@milindarolkar) June 13, 2018
Last month, thousands of people residing along the IB in Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts had to flee their homes following intense shelling from Pakistan between May 15 and May 23 which left 12 people dead, including two BSF jawans and an infant, and scores of others injured.
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