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A day after a BSF jawan was killed in Jammu in unprovoked firing by Pakistan, India hit back, destroying three Pakistan Army posts. In a massive retaliation to Pakistani ceasefire violation in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba sector on Wednesday in which a trooper was killed on his birthday, the Border Security Force (BSF) has inflicted heavy casualties on the other side. According to sources, over 10 Pakistan Rangers were killed in the BSF action that took place late on Wednesday night.
As per details coming in, the BSF responded to unprovoked firing from the Pakistani side by locating two mortar positions, targeting them and destroying them on Wednesday night.
“Post injury to BSF trooper Head Constable R P Hazra from unprovoked fire by Pak forces on Jammu IB in Samba sector yesterday, the retaliation continued till late night,” the BSF said in a statement.
BSF Jammu (IG) refused to confirm the number of Pakistan Rangers killed. “We have inflicted heavy damage to both infrastructure and life in Pakistan. At least four of their BoPs have been destroyed,” he said.
The BSF statement said that Pak mortar positions were located, targeted and destroyed by BSF troopers.
Intelligence agencies suspect that the recent round of firing could be a tactic by Pakistan to provide cover fire to intruding terrorists. “This morning, despite dense fog in the R S Pura area troopers detected an intrusion attempt around 5:45am. The intruder was neutralized around 7am. Complete area is cordoned off. Search will commence after fog gets clear,” BSF said.
“The unprovoked fire from Pakistan started first from small arms which were later coupled with mortar shellings. Two Pakistani mortar positions were located, targeted and destroyed by BSF troopers yesterday night only. The coordinated precision fire of BSF troopers silenced Pakistani guns,” the BSF said on Thursday. Sources told a TV channel that between eight to 10 Pakistani soldiers were killed in the retaliatory fire by the BSF.
BSF head constable RP Hazra was killed in the Pakistani ceasefire violation on a day when he was celebrating his birthday. He is survived by his wife, an 18-year-old son and a 21-year-old daughter.
Meanwhile, one intruder was gunned down by the BSF at the International Border in Arnia area of Jammu and Kashmir’s RS Pura sector.
Responding to the incident, the Pakistani Army issued a statement, saying, “Indian Army fired unprovoked in the Zafarwal Sector. They targeted innocent civilians and three people were injured. In response, Pakistan targeted an Indian post, killing one soldier and injuring two. The post was neutralised.”
BSF kills intruder along International Border; destroys 2 Pak posts
BSF troops today foiled an infiltration bid, killing an intruder along the International Border in Jammu district.
The force also destroyed two Pakistani posts in retaliation to the killing of its jawan in unprovoked firing yesterday.
IG BSF, Jammu frontier, Ram Awtar told PTI that troops observed movement of two-three persons along the IB near Nikowal Border Out Post (BoP) in Arnia sector around 0545 hours.
They challenged them and opened fire resulting in the death of one intruder, he said adding, the deceased was in his thirties.
The other intruders managed to escape, he said.
A BSF spokesman said two Pakistani mortar positions were “located, targeted and destroyed by BSF troopers yesterday night only. The coordinated precision fire of BSF troopers silenced Pakistani guns”.
Yesterday, BSF jawan R P Hazra was killed in unprovoked firing by Pakistan, the first this year, in Samba sector of Jammu and the force had since then launched retaliatory fire.
Pakistan troops also violated ceasefire by firing and shelling posts along the LoC in Rajouri district last night and shelling exchanges continued throughout the night along the IB.
“Post death of BSF trooper Head Constable R P Hazra from unprovoked fire by Pak forces on Jammu IB in Samba sector yesterday, the retaliation continued till late night”, a BSF officer said.
“The unprovoked fire from Pakistan started first from small arms which later coupled with mortar shelling throughout the night”, he said.
BSF troopers consolidated their positions, located and marked Pak firing positions and started precision targeted fire, he said, adding “the coordinated precision fire of BSF troopers silenced Pak guns”.
BSF maintains extra vigil on IB to negate intrusion attempts which is aided by forces on the other side of the IB, he said, adding that firing across the IB is most of the time a diversionary tactic for facilitating intrusion.