A Border Security Force (BSF) jawan was killed as the firing by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in violation of the November 2003 ceasefire agreement has spread to International Border (IB) in Jammu district of the State.
"As a peaceful country, we never initiated fire from our side but will never hesitate to give befitting reply if compelled", IG BSF said.
"At around 01.10 am, Pakistani troops fired from small and heavy arms towards the BSF positions and civilian areas in Nikowal, Budhwar, Buley-Chak, S H Beh and Shahnaz forward posts in Arnia sector", he said. The jawan has been identified as Brijendra Bahadur. Constable Bahadur (32), who sustained a bullet injury in his abdomen, died while being evacuated. "BSF troopers are retaliating strongly and effectively". He is survived by his wife Sushmita Singh.
BSF constable Brijendra Bahadur Singh posted at Chenaz outpost died of multiple bullet injuries received in the firing by Pak Rangers
According to police, a civilian was wounded after he was hit by a bullet.
Islamabad accused the Indian troops of "deliberately targeting" civilians and termed it "deplorable and contrary to human dignity and global human rights and humanitarian laws".
There have been continuous ceasefire violations by the Pakistani troops for the past three days. Authorities are keeping vigilant with emergency services to meet any eventuality due to the unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan.