Jammu Tawi, November 21
A BSF head constable lost his life in the early hours of Monday morning after Pakistani Army resorted to heavy cross-border firing in Rajouri sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday night. Pakistani troops continued firing 120 mm mortar shells at various forward Indian positions and civilian areas along the Line of Control in Rajouri and Poonch districts. They also began firing mortar shells in Krishna Ghati Sector Monday morning. “It’s being responded strongly by own troops,” said Defence Ministry spokesman, Lt Colonel Manish Mehta.
This was the fourth ceasefire violation since Saturday. Five BSF personnel were injured in shelling at Tarkundi area of Rajouri district, sources said, adding that one of them later succumbed to his injuries. The deceased has been identified as Head Constable Raj Singh of Kheri Sapala, Rohtak in Haryana. He is survived by his wife Sunita Devi, three sons and a mother, sources said.
“Last night in heavy shelling from Pakistan side along the LoC in Rajouri area, four BSF Personnel sustained splinter injuries. Head Constable Raj Singh, who was seriously injured, succumbed to his injuries, while the condition of another personnel was serious,” a BSF officer said.
Meawhile, schools falling in Dahrgloon, Bahrooti, Swala, Panji, Dharati, Basooni, Sanohte, Bahrote, Lanjiot, Rehllan, Patri have been closed due to the heavy shelling from across the border.
Sunday’s ceasefire violation came a day after a BSF jawan and a woman were injured, and two houses were damaged when Pakistani troops targeted Indian posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera and Sunderbani sectors of Rajouri with mortar attacks and small arms fire.
On Saturday morning, Pakistani army resorted to ceasefire violation in Nowshera sector and in the afternoon they targetted Indian posts and civilian areas in Sunderbani sector. On Thursday, Pakistani army had targeted Indian posts and civilian villages along the LoC in the Pallanwala sector of Jammu district. Pakistani troops on Tuesday targeted Indian posts with heavy firing and shelling for four hours along the LoC in Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir, forcing Indian troops to retaliate.
There have been a whopping 286 incidents of firing and shelling along the LoC and the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistani troops that have resulted in the death of 26 people, including 14 security personnel, since the surgical strike on terrorist launch pads in PoK on September 29.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh today expressed grief over the killing of BSF soldier in cross border firing in Rajouri Sector.
Head Constable Raj Singh hailing from Kheri Sapala, Rohtak in Haryana was killed in unprovoked firing by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control in Rajouri. In his condolence message, Dr Singh prayed for peace to the departed soul and conveyed condolences to the bereaved family. He said that the nation salutes the bravery and sacrifice of Head Constable Raj Singh who laid down his life in line of duty.