A sheriff from the Border Security Force (BSF) was killed and four civilians were injured after Pakistan Rangers attacked India’s border posts along the international border (IB) in the Pure RS sector of Jammu on Thursday at night.
The sheriff, identified as Sita Ram Upadhyay, 27, of battalion 192, was hit by enemy fire in Jabowal around 1:30 a.m. He was transferred to GMC Jammu where he was pronounced dead at 3:20 a.m.
Coming from Paaliganj in the Giridh district of Jharkhand, Upadhyay is survived by a three-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter.
Four civilians were also injured during the nighttime shooting, which included the firing of mortars at villages in the border area and prompted India to retaliate.
They were identified as Farooq Din of Jora Farm, Pyara Ram of the village of Shamka, and Raman Kumar Gupta and Harbans Lal of the village of Trewa in the sub-sector of Arnia. It is said that Gupta, who suffered shrapnel wounds to the head and neck, is in a critical condition.
“The fire in the Heeranagar area started during the intermediate night of May 16 and 17 in which a BSF soldier was wounded. Yesterday, during the day, it stopped, but Pakistan resumed fire last night in the sector of Arnia, which took the life of a jawan today early, “said a senior official of the border watchdog force.
The official added that in the Pure RS sector of Jammu, the unprovoked bombing of mortars and the intense fire on the Pakistani side began at approximately 4 a.m. M., Which was “adequately countered” by the BSF units.
“The dismissal in the R S Pure sector is intermittent,” he said.
Large explosions of mortars were heard in the city of Jammu during the night.
The incidents of unprovoked shooting and attempts to infiltrate the IB have increased in recent days, and occur after the scheduled visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to an agricultural university in RS Pure on Saturday.
Earlier this week, a BSF Jawan was killed along the border area of Jammu while frustrating an infiltration offer
People in Arnia, the largest city along the IB in the state with a population of more than 20,000, have been asked to stay inside.
Schools within a five-kilometer radius of the border have also been closed as a preventive measure.