In yet another incident of ceasefire violation, the Pakistani forces on Friday resorted to unprovoked firing at Bobiya post in Hiranagar sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district. In retaliation, the BSF jawans gunned down seven Pakistani Rangers and a terrorist. On the other hand, a BSF jawan was injured in the gunbattle.
“Today in Hira Nagar Sector Pak Rangers injured one BSF trooper Constable Gurnam Singh. He was evacuated and his condition is critical,” a BSF official told ANI.
At least 32 ceasefire violations have occurred on the Line of Control since the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes in PoK.
Similar ceasfire violations also took place in Kathua and Poonch, wherein the security forces also foiled infiltration bids. The Pakistani forces also resorted to unprovoked firing in Rajouri sector.
On the other hand, security forces conducted searches in Baramulla of north Kashmir, after some protesters were seen waving Chinese flags.
On October 17, security forces had carried out searches in more than 700 homes in Baramulla, leading to the arrest of 44 people, PTI reported.
Meanwhile, the Army and the Jammu and Kashmir Police are conducting door-to-door searches in various homes as Baramulla continues to remain shut.
Tensions between India and Pakistan continue to remain high following the Indian Army’s surgical strike on seven terror pads across the Line of Control on September 29. The operation was conducted in retaliation to the September 18 Uri terror attacks in which 18 soldiers were killed.
Meanwhile, curfew was put in place at six police stations across Srinagar as a precautionary measure ahead of Friday’s prayers. The restrictions have been imposed taking note of the violent protests witnessed after prayers in the past.
At least 84 people have been killed and several others injured in the violence that took place after the July 8 killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani. Add to this, more than 300 people have been booked under Public Safety Act.