Rangers accept infiltrator's body for first time

Rangers accept infiltrator's body for first time

26 January 2012
The Daily Excelsior
Sanjeev Pargal

Jammu: The Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down an infiltrator on the International Border (IB) in Pargwal island of Akhnoor sector this morning when he was trying to intrude into this side. For the first time, the Pakistani Rangers accepted body of the intruder, official sources said. They said alert jawans of BSF's 86 battalion observed movement of an infiltrator, who was believed to be a spy of Pakistan Army or Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), at forward post of Chak Mallar at Mala Bela area of Pargwal island in Akhnoor sector in wee hours of this morning. The infiltrator was challenged and asked to surrender. Initially, he tried to intrude into this side but after observing movement of the security personnel, he started running back. Security forces opened firing and killed the intruder on spot. His identity was not established. Security forces established contact with the Rangers. After about a couple of hours, the Rangers turned up at the International Border and accepted body of the intruder. No recoveries excepting personal belongings were made from the infiltrator, sources said, adding that this was for the first time when the Rangers accepted an intruder as Pakistani national and took his body. 'Usually, the Rangers didn't accept the bodies of infiltrators killed during the firing for the fear that they would be exposed for pushing intruders-militants into this side. This time, however, the Rangers accepted the body of intruder and took it away', sources said. They added that the intruder could be a spy of Pakistan Army or Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and might have been pushed to this side for collecting information about movement of security personnel on the border before launching a bigger group of militants into this side. 'It has been observed a number of times that Pakistan tried to push a spy ahead of the group of infiltrators to observe movement of security personnel and find out the points where there was no presence of security forces and some other points from where the militants could be pushed-in', sources said. Army and BSF had been maintaining a very high alert on the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) respectively during foggy weather conditions to ensure that a number of militants held up across the border in Pakistan didn't manage to enter into this side. The vigil had been intensified ahead of the Republic Day. No untoward incident was reported from any part of the LoC or IB in Jammu region during the day today excepting the incident of Pargwal island as the militants didn't dare to make attempts to sneak into this side.