At least Four border security forces (BSF) personals including an assistant commandant were killed during cross border shelling at Ramgarh sector of Samba, reports said. Four BSF soldiers were grievously injured in the attack.
Martyred jawans have been identified as assistant commandant Jatinder Singh, assistant sub-inspector Ram Niwas, sepoy Hans Raj and Sub Inspector Rajneesh.
Expressing concern over the rising incidents of terror attacks during the unilateral ceasefire announced by the Centre during the holy month of Ramzan, National Conference vice-president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: "With the militant organisations doing their best to make sure the ceasefire is a failure they will only have themselves to blame if the security forces come back at them even harder when the ceasefire ends".
Asked whether the BSF will lodge a protest with Pakistan, he said, "Of course, it would". Sub Inspector Rajneesh Kumar, who was born in 1986 and joined BSF in 2012 hails from Etah in UP. Tension has again gripped the International Border after a brief lull. "Dialogue between Pakistan and India over Kashmir should also resume, so that the long-festering Kashmir dispute is resolved in accordance with United Nations resolutions", he further said in the concluding tweet.
The latest Pakistani attack comes barely a week after a sector commander level flag meeting at Octroi post in RS Pura sector of Jammu district where Brigadier Amjad Hussain of Chenab Rangers had promised to uphold the sanctity of November 2003 Indo-Pak ceasefire agreement in letter and spirit.
Thousands of border people in Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts had to migrate from their homes following heavy shelling from the Pakistan side between May 15 and 23, which left 12 people, including two BSF jawans and an infant, dead and several others injured.
AJK officials regret that apart from the exchange of heavy shelling across the LoC, Indian troops have added a new cowardly and awful practice to incessant ceasefire violations - sniping with heavy calibre weapons and targeting innocent men, women and children while they carry out their daily chores.
Prior to it, the DGMO of Pakistan called up his Indian counterpart to stop retaliatory firing by the BSF and restore peace in the volatile border. There had been two meetings of sector commanders of BSF and Pakistan Rangers too who had resolved to strictly maintain the ceasefire.
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