J&K: 4 BSF personnel killed in Pakistan ceasefire violation in Samba sector

At least four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel including an officer were killed and five others injured on Wednesday in an unprovoked Pakistan ceasefire violation on the international border in Chambliyal sector of Samba in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Pakistan Rangers have initiated cross border firing along the border in Ramgarh sector last night. We have lost four of our personnel, including an assistant commandant rank officer, while other 3 of our personnel suffered injuries,” Ram Awtar, the IG, BSF, Jammu and Kashmir told to the media, Greater Kashmir reported.

The BSF personnel who died in Pakistan firing were identified as Assistant Commandant Jitendra Singh, Sub-Inspector Rajnish Kumar, Assistant Sub-Inspector Ram Niwas and Constable Hans Raj.

The injured have been shifted to an Army hospital in Jammu city.

Addressing to the media the ADG, BSF, Jammu Frontier Kamal Nath Choubey said “Ceasefire is always a bilateral decision, we have always maintained the sanctity of ceasefire but Pakistan has violated it”.

As per a media report, so far this year, at least 50 people including 24 security personnel have been killed in Pakistan ceasefire violations.

Earlier, on 24 May, four civilians were killed and several injured in Pakistan ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kamal Koot area of Uri sector in Baramulla District.

On 29 May, the Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan agreed to implement the 2003 ceasefire pact earnestly in a bid to ensure peace on both the international border and the line of Control (loC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

Later, on 4 June, the Pakistan Rangers sought a flag meeting in which it was agreed to respect the bilateral ceasefire.

On 5 June, Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that “terror and talks cannot go hand in hand”, in a message to Pakistan to stop cross-border attacks by the Pakistan-based terrorists. She said this while addressing a press conference on Indo-Pak relation in New Delhi.

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