BSF pays tributes to slain jawan

One Border Security Force (BSF) trooper was killed and a civilian injured on Friday after Pakistani troopers resorted to heavy firing on Indian posts along the worldwide border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir.

A wreath laying ceremony was organised in honour of the BSF officer, who laid down his life guarding the nation's frontiers in Arnia sector, a defence spokesman said here.

The jawan was from Balia district of Uttar Pradesh.

The 32-year-old soldier is survived by his parents and wife Sushmita Singh, initial details revealed.

"Unprovoked firing by Pak forces on BSF posts across Jammu IB injured 3 BSF troopers (in Poonch & Jammu districts yesterday)", the Border Security Force (BSF) said in a tweet.

It is learnt that the Pakistani Rangers resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling and gun fire along the International Border in Arnia near Jammu shortly after midnight on Thursday night following which three other BSF outposts - SM Base, Budwar and Nikkowal - were targeted in quick succession.

Earlier the LoC in neighbouring Poonch and Rajaouri districts witnessed repeated ceasefire violations by the Pakistan troops during past couple of weeks.

Parekh said Indian soldiers retaliated for the Pakistani firing. Until August 1, there were 285 such actions by the Pakistan army, while there were 228 in all of 2016, according to the Indian Army, said PTI.

  • Stacy Allen