BSF jawan martyred in Pak firing on IB

Jammu, Sep 15: A Border Security Force (BSF) jawan was martyred when Pakistani troops violated ceasefire for the third consecutive day today along the International Border (IB) in Jammu district.
Constable Bijender Bahadur was on duty at forward point along the fence in Arnia sector along the IB when Pakistani Rangers resorted to mortar shelling and small arms fire at about 0020 hours today.
A bullet hit the jawan on the left side of his abdomen and he succumbed to injuries on the way to hospital, a BSF officer said.
“BSF troops retaliated strongly and gave befitting reply,” he said. “Intermittent fire continued from both side from mid night till morning,” the officer said. Bahadur, 32, hailed from Vidya Bhawan Naraypur village in Uttar Pradesh’s Balia district. He is survived by his wife Sushmita Singh.
There have been continuous ceasefire violations by the Pakistani troops for the past three days.
Two Pakistani soldiers were killed in retaliatory action by the BSF yesterday while three Indian jawans were injured in unprovoked firing and shelling by Pakistani troops along the IB and the LoC in Jammu and Poonch districts on Wednesday.
Incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops have increased sharply this year. Till August 1, there have been 285 such actions by the Pakistan army, while in 2016, the number was significantly less at 228 for the entire year, according to figures by the Indian Army.
Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh today paid tributes to Border Security Force soldier, constable Brijendra Bahadur Singh who was killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan rangers in Arnia sub-sector of International Border in Jammu district.
The wreath laying ceremony was held for the slain constable at BSF headquarter, Paloura.
Legislators Sat Sharma, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, M K Bhandari, IGP, Dr S D Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Kumar Rajeev Ranjan besides other senior officers of civil administration and police also paid homage to the cop.
The Deputy Chief Minister paid rich tributes to the Jawan for his bravery and valour and conveyed sympathies with the bereaved family.
The jawan Brijendra Bahadur Singh, was a native of Balia district in Uttar Pradesh.