BSF trooper injured in cross-border firing in Samba

BSF Officer Killed Six Injured in Pakistan Shelling

Jammu: A Border Security Force (BSF) was martyred and six others, including a BSF officer and five civilians, were injured in Pakistan firing on the global border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.

The Pakistani rangers resorted to unprovoked firing on the IB in Samba and Hiranagar sectors, BSF sources had said.

Two more civilians, who were grievously injured in Pakistan's shelling of Trewa village in Arnia sub-sector, were declared dead at a government medical college and hospital in Jammu while another two have been injured.

This is the third day of shelling and firing by Pakistani troops along the IB in Jammu frontier and comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.

In the ceasefire violation in RS Pora, a BSF constable was killed and 2 civilians were injured.

Border shelling and firing have also been reported from Narayanpur, Chamblyal, and SM Pora regions in Samba sector along the IB in Jammu.

The slain jawan was identified as 28-year-old constable Sitaram Upadhyay of 192 Battalion.

Late Ram hailed from Paaliganj in Jharkhand's Giridh district.

The troubles had started along the global border in Bobbiyan area of Hiranagar sector in wee hours of Tuesday when BSF foiled an infiltration attempt by militants from Pakistan side. He is survived by a three-year-old daughter and a one-year-old son.

On Thursday, a BSF jawan was among two persons injured when Pakistan Rangers opened fire and lobbed mortars at over 15 border outposts (BOPs) and some civilian areas along the International Border in Samba and Kathua districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

The police official said that the BSF retaliated strongly and effectively at all places as the intermittent firing exchanges between the two sides continued.

It was followed by another infiltration bid in Samba sector but the same was foiled by the BSF jawans. What'll happen by offering compensation?

A statement issued by the group said: "Operation Halt is a cruel joke with the freedom-loving people of Kashmir engaged in a legitimate movement for right to self-determination".



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