BSF jawan killed as Pakistan violates ceasefire along IB in Jammu

By: PTI | Jammu | Published: May 15, 2018 7:45:09 am

Singh’s death took the number of persons killed in over 700 incidents of Pakistani shelling along the IB and Line of Control (LoC) in the state — highest this year — to 33.  (Representational Image)

A Border Security Force jawan was killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistani army along the International Border (IB) in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, a senior BSF official said on Tuesday. The firing from across the border comes barely four days ahead of the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the state, and also ended months of lull in the border skirmishes along the IB which saw heavy Pakistani firing and shelling earlier this year.

Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked and indiscriminate firing on forward posts in the Manguchak area around 11.30 pm on Monday night and was effectively retaliated by the jawans guarding the IB, the officer said seeking anonymity. He said heavy firing between the two sides continued for an hour during which Constable Devender Singh was hit by a stray bullet through the loophole of his picket. He was immediately evacuated to a hospital but could not survive, the officer added. He said intermittent firing between the two sides was still…

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