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EIGHT INFILTRATION BIDS, 2 CEASEFIRE VIOLATIONS, ONE ROCKET FIRING

Posted by :) on January 19, 2010


BSF warns Pak Rangers of retaliatory action on firing

SOURCE: TIMES NEWS NETWORK

BSF soldiers patrol near Ranbir Singh Pura border on the outskirts of Jammu


New Delhi: After facing eight infiltration bids, two ceasefire violations and one incident of rocket firing from across the border in the past 10 days, the Border Security Force on Thursday warned its Pakistani counterpart of “strong retaliatory action” if such incidents take place again.
The Indian side made its point clear during a flag meeting with Pakistan Rangers at Tent border out-post along the International Border. The meeting was called following three infiltration attempts made by militants in the Akhnoor sector on Wednesday.
Sources in the paramilitary force here said though the Pakistani side flatly denied its role in any incident saying “the Rangers were not even aware of rocket firing from its side”, BSF raised its concerns stating that “the point from where the rockets were fired near the Attari border last week is not too far away from the Rangers’ checkpost”.
Referring to the meeting with Rangers, an official here said the BSF had categorically told them that “There would always be strong counter-action and counter-firing, if such incidents recur”. Pakistan Rangers, in turn, said the attack, if at all it took place, could be the handiwork of “certain elements” (militants or smugglers) over whom they had no control. BSF, however, told them sternly that it was the Pakistani border force’s responsibility to prevent hostile actions from their side.
Officials in the home ministry here believe that such an action could not be possible without the knowledge of the Pakistani side. The Rangers might have been doing it to facilitate infiltration. There have been a number of instances when the Pakistani side has given cover fire to infiltrators, though Pakistan always denies it and instead blames BSF for some “unprovoked firings”.
Besides foiling the three infiltration bid in the Akhnoor sector on Wednesday, BSF countered militants — the first infiltration bid of this year — at Narainpur border out-post in Ramgarh subsector of Samba district on January 4.
There was another infiltration bid and ceasefire violation along the LoC in Balakote area of Poonch on January 8. A BSF patrol party foiled a bid in the forward area of Garkhal in Pargwal belt of Akhnoor on January 10.
The paramilitary troops also foiled an infiltration bid in Alfa Machail post in Akhnoor sector on January 11. The next day, one BSF jawan was killed when Pak troops violated the ceasefire and troops foiled an infiltration bid in Sabzian belt along LoC in Poonch.
2 Hizb terrorists killed
Srinagar: Two self-styled Hizbul Mujahideen commanders and a jawan were killed in a 15-hour-long gunbattle between security forces and terrorists that ended on Thursday morning in Kulgam district of South Kashmir.
Two personnel of Special Operations Group of the police took hit in the encounter that broke out around 6 pm on Wednesday in Khazanbal, 110 km from here. Kulgam police officer Keshev Ram said the police, assisted by troops of 62 Rashtriya Rifles, cordoned off the village on Wednesday evening following specific information about terrorists’ presence in a house. As the joint search parties closed in on the house, the terrorists opened fire, injuring Surinder Singh of 62 Rashtriya Rifles and special police officer Zahoor Ahmad. TNN

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