BSF lodges protest with Rangers on ceasefire violation1 January 2012
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: The Border Security Force (BSF) has lodged a strong protest with Pakistan Rangers over ceasefire violation in forward areas along Indo-Pak border in Samba sector in which one BSF jawan was seriously injured. In the fourth ceasefire violation during one month on both Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB), the Rangers had opened fire along Khowara forward area of Samba district on December 30 evening, injuring the Border Security Force jawan Rakesh Kumar of Gurdaspur, Punjab. 'We have lodged a strong protest with Pakistan Rangers over firing and ceasefire violation at a flag meeting on the IB in Samba sector,' official sources said. 'Pakistan Rangers denied their involvement in firing during the meeting when the BSF raised the issue with them,' sources said, adding 'this is their usual reply that they do not know about the incident'. A team of BSF officers led by the Commandant of 82 Battalion S C Yadav held a flag meeting with Pak Rangers led by Commander Lt Col Raja Shahid at Khowara Post along IB in Samba district. On December 22, Pakistani troops had targeted Indian posts with over 700 rounds of small arms fire to give cover to a group of infiltrating militants along the LoC in Nangi Tikri-Krishna Gati area of Poonch district. On December 14, troops foiled an infiltration bid by a group of 4-5 militants along LoC in Tarkundi forest belt of Bhimber Gali (BG) sector in Poonch district. Pakistanis troops indulged in small arms firing and rocket attacks on Indian Posts in Krishna Ghati sub-sector along LoC in Poonch district on December 5. Pakistan troops had also fired at Indian posts in Kupwara district on December 4. Sources said Pakistani Rangers on the IB in Jammu sector and Army along the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri sectors were desperate to push militants into the Indian territory but had failed in view of tight security arrangements made on the borders by the security personnel. Sources said they were anticipating more intrusion bids during foggy weather condition in January on both LoC and IB but added that they were fully prepared to counter the attempts.