Pak firing in Jammu border, kills BSF jawan, 4 civilians injured

BSF constable Sita Ram Upadhyay was killed in Pakistani fire on Friday morning. Upadhyay had joined the force in 2011.((ANI/Twitter))
BSF constable Sita Ram Upadhyay was killed in Pakistani fire on Friday morning. Upadhyay had joined the force in 2011.((ANI/Twitter))

New Delhi : A BSF constable was killed after Pakistan Rangers targeted along the International Border (IB) in Jammu’s RS Pura sector on Thursday night. Also, four civilians got seriously injured in the firing. 

The deceased constable has been identified as Sita Ram Upadhyay of the 192 battalion. The 27-years-old battalion was hit at Jabowal around 1:30 am. He was shifted to GMC Jammu where he was declared brought dead at 3:20 am.

Late Ram hailed from Paaliganj in Jharkhand’s Giridh district. He is survived by a three-year-old son and one-year-old daughter.

Also, four civilians were left injured in the overnight firing, which included mortars being thrown at villages in the border area and provoked India to strike back.

The injured civilians have been identified as Farooq Din of Jora Farm, Pyara Ram of Shamka village, and Raman Kumar Gupta and Harbans Lal of Trewa village in Arnia sub sector. Gupta, who suffered from injuries to his head and neck, is reported to be in critical condition.

“Firing in Heeranagar area was on during the intervening night of May 16 and 17 in which one BSF trooper was injured. Yesterday, during the daytime, it stopped but Pakistan resumed firing last night in Arnia sector which claimed the life of a jawan early today,” a senior official of the border guarding force said.

The official reported that in RS Pura sector of the IB in Jammu, motiveless shelling of mortars and heavy fire from the Pakistani side started at about 4 am which was countered by the BSF units.

“The firing in R S Pura sector is intermittent,” he said.

Jammu city witnessed the sound of big explosions through the night.

The incidents of firing and attempts to break into the IB have increased in the last few days and took place ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to a farm university in RS Pura on Saturday.

Earlier this week, a BSF jawan was killed along the Jammu border area while thwarting an infiltration bid

People in Arnia, have been asked to stay indoors and schools close to border areas have been declared closed as a preventive measure.