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Four BSF Personnel Martyred In Cross Border Firing

BSF claims it was not a BAT action

In its second major ceasefire violation this month, Pakistan has martyred four BSF Personnel. Three others were injured in intense cross-border firing that began around 10.30 pm on Tuesday night and continued till early Wednesday morning.

What is most disagreeable about this violation is that Pakistan had signed an agreement with India on May 29 to stop unprovoked firings across borders. This agreement was signed during a flag meeting at Octroi post in RS Pura sector of Jammu. Under this, the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMO) of two countries agreed to implement the 2003 ceasefire pact.

With the death of these four BSF Personnel, Pakistan Rangers have killed 19 people and injured 67 others besides displacing over a lakh people from the border areas of Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts since May 15.

According to reports reaching here, two officers were among four BSF Personnel killed and three others were injured in firing by Pakistan Rangers along the international border in another ceasefire violation near the famous Chamliyal shrine in Ramgarh sub sector of Samba district late Tuesday night.

A fuming Inspector General of BSF Jammu frontier Ram Awtar informed pressmen that it was not a Border Action Team (BAT) attack but cross-border firing. They first fired two mortars that landed on a BSF patrolling party. That was followed by firing.

It happened around 9.45 pm on Tuesday night. ‘We have retaliated and other action is in the pipeline,’ said Ram Awtar. The latest Pakistani attack comes barely a week after the May 29 agreement.

The fallen BSF men were identified as Assistant Commandant Jitender Singh, Sub Inspector Rajneesh, Assistant Sub Inspector Ramniwas and Constable Hansraj. The injured have been evacuated to a hospital.

BSF officials said that Pak Rangers first attacked a patrol party with cross border firing in which few BSF men were injured and when a rescue team was sent to evacuate the injured men Pakistan fired mortars in lethal attack on the rescuers.

Every year on last Thursday of June, a three-day long fair is held at the shrine of Baba Dalip Singh Manhas, also called Baba Chamliyal on either side of the border.

Pakistan Rangers usually offer a chaddar and sweets on behalf of the people of Pakistan and BSF in turn gives them ‘Shakkar’ (holy soil) and sherbet from the shrine, which many believe, cures skin related ailments.

All the men who were killed in the Pakistani shelling belonged to 62 battalion of the BSF that manned the shrine.

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