BSF pays tributes to slain jawan

Lynette Rowe
September 16, 2017

India's Border Security Force (BSF) said that Pakistani soldiers fired at several positions along the volatile worldwide border.

Speaking to media, Deputy Chief Minister condemned the killing and said that India will give Pakistan a befitting reply.

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.

A BSF official said that Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked small arms firing and mortar shelling in Arnia sector along the International Border (IB) in Jammu at around 8:20 am.

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The jawan has been identified as constable Brijendra Bahadur Singh, a native of Balia district in Uttar Pradesh. "BSF troopers are retaliating strongly and effectively", BSF sources were quoted as saying by the IANS news agency. One civilian is reported injured in the firing which took place in Arnia.

"One BSF trooper has been killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan rangers". Eyewitnesses told DH over the phone that the firing created panic in nearby villages as mortar shells fired from across the border fell near residential areas.

Earlier on Wednesday, Pakistan had accused Indian soldiers of unprovoked firing. Incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops have increased sharply this year.

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