BSF trooper killed, officer among six others injured in cross border firing

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Just a day before the scheduled visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Jammu & Kashmir, a BSF constable and a couple were among three people killed, as Pakistani Rangers continued targeting forward Indian posts and civilian areas with mortar shells and small arms fire along the global border on Friday.

News Agency reported that the Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in the RS Pura.

The entire border belt has been kept in a state of high alert to prevent any terror strike ahead of the day long visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 19. In total, six persons, including a BSF officer, were injured in the firing.

On Tuesday, a BSF constable was killed in Pakistan firing on the IB in the Samba district.

The martyred jawan is identified as Constable Sitaram Upadhyay.

Mourning the death Border Security Force's Sitaram Upadhyay, killed in a ceasefire violation by Pakistan, his wife lashed out at the Government which promised to suspend operations against terrorists in the valley during the holy month of Ramzan. The injured included ASI Desraj, Farooq Din of Jora Farm, Payara Lal of Shamka, and Seema Devi of Nai Basti, along with Harbans Lal and Raman Gupta, both from Trewa in Arnia sector.

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Meanwhile, two persons including one BSF jawan and a civilian had received injuries in heavy exchange of cross border firing.

On May 15, a 28-year-old BSF jawan was killed as Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by opening fire on forward posts to help infiltrators cross the International Border in Samba sector.

"Firing in Heeranagar area was on during the intervening night of May 16 and 17 in which one BSF trooper was injured".

BSF IG, Ram Awtar said they Indian forces are giving a befitting reply to Pakistan's unprovoked firing. Troops also foiled four infiltration bids along the IB since Sunday. What will happen by offering compensation?

Earlier on Wednesday, the Centre accepted J&K CM's proposal to stop security operation in J&K during Ramzan.

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