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Pak shelling: Maximum BSF casualties along J&K International Border this year

As per the data, over 320 unprovoked firing incidents have taken place this year to date, leading to the killing of 11 BSF personnel and injuring 37 others

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New Delhi: Four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, including an Assistant Commandant-rank officer, were killed in a similar incident in the Ramgarh sector of Jammu today. With this, eleven BSF troops have been killed in cross-border firing incidents along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir till date in 2018, the highest casualty figure for the border force in a year in the last five years, the latest data revealed.

Today, Assistant Commandant Jitendra Singh (34), Sub-inspector Rajneesh Kumar (32), Constable Hansraj Gurjar (28) and Assistant SI Ram Niwas (52) were killed when unprovoked firing, using both precision weapons and mortars, was launched from the Ashraf post of the Pakistan Rangers.

As per the data, over 320 unprovoked firing incidents have taken place this year to date, leading to the killing of 11 BSF personnel and injuring 37 others.

In comparison to this, a total of 111 unprovoked cross-border firing instances took place last year along this front (Jammu IB) while the figures were 204 incidents (in 2016), 350 (in 2015) and 127 during 2014.

Two BSF personnel were killed and seven injured due to sniping and mortar shelling last year while three BSF personnel were killed and 10 injured in such incidents in 2016.

Similarly, a BSF jawan was killed and five were injured in 2015 and two of its men were killed while 14 were injured in 2014.

Officials said while ASI Ram Niwas, manning the ‘morcha’ (observation post), was hit first from the cross-fire, the rest three were killed in the subsequent mortar firing, as they were trying to evacuate the ASI.

“Amidst ongoing fire, during the evacuation, a mortar shell fired from Pakistan side exploded and injured the evacuation party,” a BSF spokesperson said.

While Singh hailed from Jaipur in Rajasthan, Rajneesh Kumar was from Etah in Uttar Pradesh, Ram Niwas hailed from Sikar and Hansraj Gurjar from Alwar in Rajasthan.

The BSF said the unprovoked firing in this area started around 9:40 PM yesterday and continued till the wee hours today and the paramilitary kept on the retaliation.

“Despite ceasefire agreements, Pakistan has resorted to blatant violations and continues with unprovoked cross-border fire also on Jammu IB.

“After DGMO level talks on 29 May and sector commander-level meeting of BSF and Pak Rangers on June 4 and telephonic talk on 12 June, it was agreed to maintain peace and tranquillity on the Jammu IB,” a BSF spokesperson said.

On 3 June similarly, two BSF personnel were killed and 10 persons, mostly civilians, injured in heavy shelling and firing by Pakistan Rangers along the IB in Pragwal, Kanachak and Khour sectors.

The latest casualties take the overall number of those killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the IB and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir this year to 50, including 24 security personnel.

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