Pak violates ceasefire again, BSF jawan killed in Arnia

BSF Constable Brijendra Bahadur Singh killed in firing by Pakistan in Arnia area of Jammu and Kashmir's RS Pura

BSF jawan Brijendra Bahadur Singh killed in firing by Pakistan in Arnia area of Jammu and Kashmir's RS Pura

A BSF soldier was killed as Pakistani troops resorted to heavy shelling and firing on border out posts (BoPs) and civilian areas along the International Border in Jammu district on Friday.

"As a peaceful country, we never initiated fire from our side but will never hesitate to give befitting reply if compelled", IG BSF said.

"They used mortars, automatics and small arms to target nine BSF posts in Arnia", the official said.

A bullet hit the man on the left side of his abdomen and he succumbed to injuries on the way to hospital, a BSF officer said. The BSF troops retaliated by using same calibre weapon.

The jawan was from Balia district of Uttar Pradesh. Though no loss of civilian life has been reported, sources said at least one local was injured in the crossfire.

Pakistani soldiers were killed in retaliatory action by the BSF earlier during the day.

Parekh called it a violation of the 2003 ceasefire accord between the nuclear rivals, both of who claim Kashmir in its entirety.

However, India has strongly denied Pakistani allegations and said that the incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops have increased sharply this year.

There have been continuous ceasefire violations by the Pakistani troops for the past three days.

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