Pakistan violates ceasefire: Army jawan killed, 4 others injured in J&K

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In an unprovoked firing and violation of ceasefire from Pakistan side on May 18, a BSF jawan (Constable Sitaram Upadhyay, native of Giridih in Jharkhand ) lost his life and four civilians got injured. Pakistani soldiers violated ceasefire along the International Border (IB) in Arnia sector of Jammu on early morning today.

Upadhyay was from Giridih in Jharkhand and had joined the force in 2011, according to reports.

The official revealed that firing initiated from Pakistan’s side on the intervening night of 16 and 17 May in which a BSF jawan was injured. But during the daytime firing stopped which again resumed on May 18 around 4 am in the Arnia sector.

Unprovoked shelling of mortars and heavy fire from the Pakistani side started at about 4 am today along the IB in Jammu, which was being “suitably countered” by the BSF units. “The firing in the RS Pura sector has stopped now,” the official confirmed.

Due to precautionary measures, the district administration has ordered all government and private schools within the range of 3 km of IB border to be closed in Arnia, Bishnah and RS Pura sectors.

The local administration has asked people to avoid unnecessary movement till the time shelling continues from the Pakistan side.

“Adequate medical arrangements are being made. Ambulances have been made available. People are requested not to panic,” Deepak Pathania, Station House Office, Arnia said.

The incident occurred just two days after Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced that termination of offensive operations during the month of Ramzan.