India and Pakistan seemed poised on the brink of a serious confrontation after the Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing and shelling on forward posts along the International Border (IB) in Ramgarh sector of J&K's Samba district that killed four BSF personnel, including assistant commandant Jitendra Singh. "Injured BSF personnel have been evacuated to hospital", the statement said.
"Retaliating this unprovoked fire, Jitender Singh, Assistant Commandant, SI Rajneesh, ASI Ramniwas, Constable Hansraj attained martyrdom".
Expressing concern over the rising incidents of terror attacks during the unilateral ceasefire announced by the Centre during the holy month of Ramzan, National Conference vice-president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: "With the militant organisations doing their best to make sure the ceasefire is a failure they will only have themselves to blame if the security forces come back at them even harder when the ceasefire ends".
The younger of Sharif brothers said the Singapore Summit should set a good precedent for Pakistan and India to follow. "The injured BSF personnel have been identified as sub-inspector Zental Sil and constables Sujan Dass and Vikas Kumar", the source said, adding that intermittent firing was on till 4.30 pm. Jitendra Singh hailed from Jaipur, Hansraj Gurjar was from Alwar and Ramniwas from Sikar while Rajneesh Kumar was from Etah in Uttar Pradesh. Fifty two people including 26 security personnel have been killed on the LoC and worldwide border in Jammu region this year so far. BSF troops also fired in retaliation, the official said.
On June 3, two BSF personnel, including an Assistant Sub-Inspector, were killed and 10 persons, mostly civilians, injured in heavy shelling and firing by Pakistan Rangers along the IB in Pragwal, Kanachak and Khour sectors. There has been over 1,200 incidents of ceasefire violation.
Pakistan has violated ceasefire several times since the Directors-General of Military Operations of India and Pakistan agreed to strictly adhere to the ceasefire pact of 2003 and settle any border disputes through discussion.
According to State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), at least 22 people have lost their lives and at least another 122 have sustained injuries in different areas of AJK in the ongoing year due to ceasefire violations by the Indian army. The two forces will again hold a sector commander-level meeting on June 21.