Pak again opens firing on IB, violates ceasefire

Pak again opens firing on IB, violates ceasefire

15 May 2011
The Daily Excelsior


Jammu: For second consecutive day today, Pakistani Rangers again resorted to heavy firing on forward Indian positions in Nikowal area of Arnia sub sector leading to a strong protest from the Border Security Force (BSF) at a flag meeting held at Octroi post in Suchetgarh this afternoon. After nearly 45 minutes heavy firing at Budhwar post in Nikowal area of Arnia sub sector last evening in which a BSF jawan was killed, the Rangers again opened up their guns at 8 am today targeting forward BSF posts at Nikowal in Arnia sub sector. The BSF jawans retaliated to silence Pakistani guns and ensure that the militants didnít manage to infiltrate into Indian side under covering fire from across the International Border (IB). Firing stopped at 8.50 am, sources said. The BSF jawans at all forward posts of RS Pura, Suchetgarh and Arnia carried out searches along the IB but no movement of any infiltrator was spotted. Sources said the Rangers were not resorting to firing to push infiltrators as both the times, they opened firing in the sun light. More over, no movement of infiltrators was observed at any place. The fencing was also found intact in the forward areas. Senior BSF officers visited the site of firing to review the situation. 'There was no apparent reason for firing by the Rangers. It was completely unprovoked ceasefire violation-the second during last two days in the same sectoríí, sources said. Police parties also conducted searches in the villages falling close to the IB in anticipation of any infiltration by the militants. However, no such movement was detected. In the afternoon, the BSF officials held a flag meeting with the Rangers at Octroi post in Suchetgarh sub sector. Commanding Officer of 193 BSF Neeraj Dubey and 2nd Chenab Rangers Wing Commander Suhail Raja attended the meeting. Sources said the BSF lodged a strong protest with the Rangers on firing by them twice on the forward Indian posts in which a BSF jawan Jai Kishan of Gurgaon, Haryana was killed last evening. The BSF warned the Rangers that they could face severe retaliation if they didnít mend their ways. The meeting lasted about 45 minutes from 2 pm onwards. Sources said there were no casualties on Indian side in todayís firing. While ceasefire violations by Pakistan Army to facilitate infiltration attempts had been a normal affairs on the Line of Control (LoC) in twin border districts of Poonch and Rajouri, the International Border in Jammu sector had been quite peaceful for past couple of months. The peace was shattered yesterday when the Pakistani Rangers opened firing on the Indian positions at Budhwar and Nikowal. The BSF jawans were maintaining a strict surveillance all along the IB to ensure that there was no infiltration attempt by the militants under the cover of firing by the Rangers.


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