IB hots up in winter

The BSF Thursday claimed that heavy casualties were inflicted on Pakistani Rangers after two of their mortar positions were destroyed along International Border (IB) in Samba sector while an intruder was shot dead in R S Pura sector.

Inspector General of BSF Jammu Frontier, Ram Awatar told reporters here today that BSF Head Constable Radha Pada Hazara was performing duty at a forward post yesterday afternoon when there were four to five rounds of fire from Pakistan and one of them hit him.

He sustained critical injuries and died while being shifted to hospital.
“It was followed by automatic weapon fire by the Pakistani troops. After getting intimation the neighbouring mounts retaliated back and solid response was given by the BSF in which Pakistan has suffered large human and property loss”, IG BSF claimed.
He said two Pakistani mortar positions were destroyed and the entire infrastructure in those posts has been damaged, the officer said.
The IG BSF said heavy casualties were inflicted on the Pakistani Rangers.
He further said an intruder was killed in R S Pura sector today.
“There was movement under thick cover of fog and one intruder was spotted well inside this side of IB and he was fired upon and shot dead. He was resident of Sialkot district (of Pakistan). It was an infiltration attempt,” the officer said.
“Either he was a member of the infiltration group or their guide, he said.
A BSF spokesman said border guards maintain extra vigil on IB to negate intrusion attempts, which is aided by forces on the other side of the IB.
“The firing across the IB is most of the time a diversionary tactic for facilitating intrusion,” he said.
He said the BSF men are on high alert along the IB in the State.