Firing In Border Area Where DIG Was Killed

13 December 2009
The Indian Express
Aditya V Singh

Jammu: Ramgarh sector on the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district, where a Border Security Force (BSF) DIG was killed in an IED explosion on November 16, again witnessed heavy volume of firing from across the border early on Sunday morning, though no one was injured in the incident. Official sources said that firing started at Ballad at about 1.30 am and lasted half an hour. It is the same border outpost where BSF Deputy Inspector General O P Tanwar was killed in an IED explosion, planted and triggered by militants from across the border on November 16. According to sources, soon after the firing from across the border, BSF troops observed some suspicious movement in the area, indicating an infiltration attempt. They challenged the infiltrators, as well as retaliated to the firing from across the border, but the militants managed to escape back into Pakistani territory. After day break on Sunday, BSF troops carried out combing operations on the border to ensure that none of the infiltrators had made their way in. The BSF has decided to lodge a protest with their Pakistani counterparts for the firing at a flag meeting they have called on Monday. Incidentally, the firing occurred a day after Union Home Secretary G K Pillai visited the Suchetgarh border area in R S Pura sector of Jammu district and called for extra vigilance on the border.