BSF soldier injured in Pak firing, dies, mother says ‘Won’t cry’

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Jammu, October 23: Gurnam Singh, the Border Security Force (BSF) constable who was injured in Pakistani firing in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district on Friday, has died.

The 26-year-old was being treated at the Government Medical College and Hospital in Jammu and his condition was said to be critical.

After being hit in a sniper attack by Pakistani forces, Gurnam was evacuated to Jammu, 90 km from Kathua, while his colleagues provided cover with retaliatory firing at Pakistan.

Seven Pakistani Rangers or paramilitary soldiers were killed in the retaliatory firing by the BSF along the International Border in Hiranagar sector on Friday.

A “befitting reply” was given by the border-guarding force, the BSF had said in a statement which called it “an aggressive offensive”.

The Pakistan army however denied any casualties on their side.

Jaswant Kaur, Gurnam’s mother, said, “He had told me, if I die, please don’t cry. I did not cry. I’m proud of all these jawans who lay their lives for the nation. I just wish he had got the best medical possible.”

“They referred my injured son to this hospital in Bakshi Nagar. If BSF had their own hospital with doctors, my son could’ve been saved. I appeal to PM Modi to have a good hospital for our jawans,”  Kulbeer Singh, Gurnam’s father, said.

There have been multiple ceasefire violations by Pakistan since Indian soldiers crossed the Line of Control and targeted staging areas for terrorists in surgical strikes last month. These came days after Pakistani terrorists killed 19 soldiers at an army base in Uri in Kashmir.

The BSF said that on Wednesday night, it had also prevented a major infiltration and killed a terrorist.

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