Jammu: A day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir, four civilians and a BSF jawan were killed while 12 others were injured as the Pakistan Rangers rained mortars on villages and border outposts in Jammu on Friday.
Pakistani troops targeted the areas along the International Border for the fourth day on the trot, triggering fear and panic among the border residents.
Inspector General of the BSF, Jammu Frontier, Ram Awtar said the situation was “tense” and that the paramilitary force was responding to Pakistan appropriately, causing them huge damage.
“The firing and shelling were expected as the harvesting season is over. We have taken suitable action,” the IG said. He said that the BSF had struck back at Pakistani posts, avenging the death of Indian jawans.
The Pakistan Rangers lobbed mortars and opened fire at areas in the RS Pura, Bishnah and Arnia sectors of Jammu from 0100 hours, a senior BSF officer said.
The slain jawan was identified as 28-year-old Constable Sitaram Upadhyaya of the 192 Battalion. He was critically injured at the Jabowal border outpost around 0130 hours and died en route to GMC Hospital in Jammu.
Upadhyay hailed from Giridih in Jharkhand and joined the force in 2011. He is survived by a three-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter, the officials said.
An Assistant Sub-Inspector of the BSF also suffered a splinter injury at the Pittal border outpost, the officer said adding that he had been hospitalised.
In heavy Pakistan shelling in the RS Pura and Arnia sectors, four civilians, including a couple, were killed and 12 others injured, Additional District Development Commissioner Arun Manhas said.
SDPO, RS Pura, Sahil Parashar said the police were using bullet-proof vehicles to evacuate the injured to hospital and was reaching out to the people in affected zones. In view of the shelling, the administration has activated the shelter set up.
A BSF officer said the paramilitary force targeted a Pakistan post opposite the RS Pura sector and caused huge damage to rival forces.
Yesterday, a BSF jawan was among two persons injured when the Pakistan Rangers opened fire and lobbed mortars at over 15 border outposts and civilian areas along the IB in Samba and Kathua districts.
On 15 May, a 28-year-old BSF jawan was killed as Pakistan troops violated the ceasefire by opening fire at the forward posts to help infiltrators cross the International Border in the Samba sector.