Pakistan violates ceasefire, missing BSF trooper found dead along IB in Jammu & Kashmir

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A Border Security Force (BSF) trooper was killed on September 18 in a ceasefire violation by Pakistan Rangers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba District.

A BSF spokesman revealed that unprovoked gunfire initiated from the Pakistan side at around 10.40 Am in Samba District’s Ramgarh Sector. The troops immediately retaliated, he added.

“This morning Pakistan Rangers opened eight to ten rounds of small arms at a BSF party of four personnel, which had been engaged for clearing wild grass and some kind of maintenance work near SP-1 Majra post in Ramgarh sub-sector,” Intelligence official reportedly said.

Pakistani rangers breached the 2003 truce on the international border (IB) in Ramgarh sector when some BSF personnel were clearing bushes on the Indian side.

The BSF jawan, believed to have been hit during the gunfire, however, could not be located by the personnel for nearly 9 hours.

 “The area on Pak side has a protective bundh (embankment) close to the IB. Areas on our side is undulated, marshy and having thick sarkanda (wild grass) growth. It made the immediate locating of the felled jawan difficult,” BSF statement reads.

“The body of the jawan has been found by a search party. It is suspected that he was shot with a precise aim by the Pakistani side when they were clearing the area near the fence,” a senior official said.