JAMMU: A BSF jawan died after Pakistani Rangers opened heavy fire and shot mortars on Indian posts along the 198-km-long international border in Arnia sector of RS Pura in Jammu district on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday
The heavy exchange lasted till Friday morning.
The jawan has been identified as constable Brijendra Bahadur Singh of 192 bn BSF, a native of Balia district in Uttar Pradesh.
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 official said the BSF men guarding the forward posts also returned the fire from similar caliber weapons.
He said Bahadur Singh, sustained bullet injuries in abdomen in Pakistani troops firing at Shahnaz post early in the morning.
The injured jawan was shifted to Government Medical College, Jammu, where he was declared brought dead.
A police official said a civilian Ajay Kumar also sustained bullet injuries in Pakistani troops firing in Pawal area of Arnia sector.
He said Kumar was evacuated to hospital, where doctors are attending on him.
The official said the firing between border guards and Pakistani troops continued till this afternoon.
He said the administration had advised the border residents to stay indoors and not venture out during cross border firing and shelling.
The wreath laying ceremony of the slain BSF man was held at FTR hqrs BSF Camp Paloura, Jammu. J&K Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, IG BSF Jammu Ram Awtar and other top security officials paid rich tribute to the slain BSF man.
On September 7, two army porters were injured in Pakistani troops firing in Poonch sector.
On September 1, Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) of BSF Kamaljit Singh was killed in Pakistani troops firing in Krishna Ghati (KG) sector of Poonch.
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