Pak Targets Posts In RS Pura Twice

22 June 2015
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria

Jammu: Pakistan Rangers violated the ceasefire agreement twice and targeted Indian border outposts along the 198-km international border in RS Pura sector of Jammu district in the wee hours today. 'The Rangers opened small arms fire on BSF posts around 1 am and 3 am in the RS Pura sector. The BSF retaliated in equal measure,' said a senior BSF officer. He stated that there was no loss of life or damage to property in the brief gun duel. The two incidents were acts of unprovoked and unwarranted firing, to which the BSF retaliated appropriately, he added. An Intelligence official said Pakistan Rangers fired four rounds of small arms fire, which were retaliated by the BSF. 'The BSF fired 15 rounds of equal calibre weapons in retaliation,' he added. 'The Rangers opened fire on two posts in the area in two separate incidents,' he said. He claimed that the intermittent fire between the two sides lasted till 7 am. The firing took place in the vicinity of the Gharana wetland. The reserve is the winter home of migratory birds from different locations across the world. The incidents of firing came amid reports about a large number of terrorists having assembled at launching pads on the other side, waiting for an opportunity to cross over to the Indian side. The firing took place after the BSF foiled an infiltration bid in the area on Tuesday. On June 1, a BSF guard was injured in sniper firing by the Rangers in Hiranagar sub-sector. The guard, identified as constable AK Rabha, was hospitalised with bullet wounds on both legs. Earlier, during the wee hours the same day, Pakistani troops resorted to firing from across the LoC in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch. In the current year, Pakistan had violated the ceasefire agreement over 160 times on the international border and the LoC. 'On the 198-km international border, the Rangers opened unprovoked fire 158 times. On the 224.5-km LoC south of the Pir Panjal range in Jammu region, the Pakistani army opened unprovoked fire on six occasions,' said official sources. On the LoC in Poonch, there was one infiltration bid. Another bid was foiled with the killing of a terrorist, they added. In 2013, there were 199 truce violations on the LoC and 148 on the international border. In 2014, there were 153 violations on the LoC and 430 on the international border. In the current year, six truce violations had been reported so far on the LoC in Jammu region and 158 on the international border. 'No casualty or damage occurred on our side,' the officer added.