Missing BSF Officer’s Body Found in Pakistan


Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers patrol on a boat in river Chenab at Pargwal area along the India Pakistan border in Jammu district, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019.

NEW DELHI – Pakistan will hand over the body of a BSF sub-inspector who drowned last week in a river along the International Border (IB) in Jammu, officials said on Tuesday.

The body of Paritosh Mandal was found “deep inside” Pakistan territory and the Pakistan Rangers informed the Border Security Force about the recovery, they said.Mandal went missing on September 28 in the Aik Nallah of Arnia sector while he and two other troops were out for patrolling along the India-Pakistan international border.”The body of SI Mondal is to be handed over by Pak Rangers at border post octroi in Jammu with all force decorum and drills,” a BSF spokesperson said.The river, in which the soldier drowned, was overflowing due to heavy rains, officials said.Mandal, 54, belonged to West Bengal’s Nadia district.

BSF Jawan Injured in Pak Shelling

A BSF jawan was injured as the Pakistani Army targeted forward posts and villages in Kathua and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir with mortar shells and small arms fire, officials said on Tuesday.

Constable Abishek Roy received splinter injuries when a mortar shell exploded near his post at Manyari in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district late Monday, the officials said.

They said the Pakistani Army opened fire and lobbed shells in the sector at 8.15 pm, prompting effective retaliation by BSF personnel guarding the IB.

The exchange of fire between the two sides continued till 3.25 am Tuesday, the officials said, adding the jawan, who was injured around 11.35 pm, was brought to a medical college here for specialised treatment and his condition is stated to be “stable”.

A defence spokesman said the Pakistan Army also targeted forward posts and villages with mortar shells and small arms firing in Shahpur and Kirni sectors along the LoC in Poonch district.

“Today at about 0745 hours, Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing of small arms and shelling with mortars in Shahpur and Kirni sectors. The Indian Army is retaliating befittingly”, the spokesman said.

He said there was no immediate report of any casualty in the cross-border firing which was still going on. Six persons were injured in the shelling by Pakistani troops in Poonch on Sunday.

According to officials, Pakistan violated the ceasefire over 2,000 times along the LoC this year, leaving 21 people dead and scores of others injured. (PTI)


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