Pak Rangers, BSF Exchange Fire On IB In Samba
18 June 2014
: Pakistani forces fired at Indian border outposts (BoPs) along the international border in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir for the second time in 24 hours, drawing retaliation by Indian forces. Pakistan Rangers fired on 6-HR BoP in Suchetgarh-Kullian forward belt along the international border in Samba district during pre-dawn time, a senior police officer said here today. The firing occurred from 0215 hours to 0240 hours, he said, adding, BSF troops of 9 Battalion, guarding the borderline effectively retaliated resulting in exchanges. 'There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing,' he said. BSF spokesman Vinod Yadav also confirmed the firing from across the border on the forward post forcing the retaliated effectively. This is second ceasefire violation by Pakistani rangers in less than 24 hours in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir. On June 17, around 1330 hours, Pakistani Rangers violated ceasefire and resorted to firing on BoPs in Suchetgarh-Kullian belt along the international border (IB) in Samba. Earlier, on June 13, Pakistan troops violated the ceasefire by targeting Indian posts along the LoC in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir with heavy firing and mortar shelling, drawing retaliation by Indian forces. Pakistan troops had fired 81-mm mortar shells and directed automatic and small-arms fire at Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Mendhar-Bhimber Gali-Keri forward areas of Poonch district in early morning hours. The Poonch firing took place a day after an IED blast in the Tarkundi forward area killed one jawan and injured three others. Between end of April and mid-May, 19 incidents of ceasefire violation were reported along the LoC here. In 2013, 12 jawans were killed and 41 injured in 149 ceasefire violations and firing incidents by Pakistan troops on forward posts, civilian areas and patrolling parties along the Indo-Pak border. BSF today lodged a protest against the two ceasefire violations with Pakistani Rangers at a flag meeting between top officers of the two forces at at Bagal border outpost along IB in Samba sector. 'There was flag meeting between top officers of BSF and Pak Rangers at Bagal border outpost along IB in Samba sector' a BSF official said here tonight. At the flag meeting, BSF authorities lodged a protest against ceasefire violations and firing on forward BoPs in Samba, he said. The flag meeting was already scheduled to discuss various issues related to border areas, he said.