Snipers Aided By ISI-terrorists Getting Better Of Pak Rangers

Snipers Aided By ISI-terrorists Getting Better Of Pak Rangers

23 December 2013
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria

Jammu: With the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) being a parallel authority in Pakistan running terror camps in Pak-occupied Kashmir to fuel terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, another revelation has come to the fore. The ISI has become an Achilles’ heel for the Rangers on the other side of the 198-km international border in the Jammu region. “We strongly believe that the ISI, along with terrorists, carry out sniper fire with silencer fitted guns on BSF men from a bund running close to the Zero Line in their territory, which has bunkers with a tree-line on top of it,” said a senior BSF officer. The ISI has constituted teams having ISI men and terrorists, who, we believe, do not listen to the Rangers on other side of the border and these teams carry out sniper fire, he said. “One sniper shot from behind the thickly grown tree-line and sarkanda (wild grass) with a silencer-fitted gun and the target is sure to get eliminated without being noticed and heard immediately by others,” he said. However, the responsibility lies with the Rangers as they guard the other side of the border and then in such a scenario they are bound to take a beating from us, he said. The ISI have constituted at least two to three such teams comprising terrorists and ISI men, which have been assigned the task to target BSF men along the IB, he said. This year, BSF Constable Ram Niwas Meena, who had sustained critical injuries in a sniper fire on August 5 at Narainpur forward post in Samba sector, had died at AIIMS in New Delhi on August 11 and Head Constable Mukesh Lal Meena, posted in Chinaj post in Arnia, was killed in Pakistani shelling on October 22-23. Three other BSF men- Baljeet Singh, Pawan Kumar and M Baswaraj were injured in separate incidents of sniper fire. “Pawan Kumar has been confined to a wheel chair because of a spinal injury while Baswaraj is still in the hospital and Baljeet Singh has recovered. Seven other men were injured in shelling at Chinaj post in Arnia area on October 22-23,” he said. The 198-km international border runs from Paharpur post on the Punjab-Kathua border to the Chicken Neck area in Akhnoor, north of Jammu. This border is largely a plain area with rivers and rivulets flowing into Pakistan. The latest incident of sniper fire had come on December 20 in Hiranagar sector where a BSF sub inspector Jatinder Kumar was injured just a day after India and Pakistan held a flag meeting at battalion commander-level at the Chakan Da Bagh crossing in Poonch. The Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) of the two sides are to meet tomorrow.