BSF DG briefs home minister on ground situation along J&K border
NEW DELHI: Home Minister Rajnath Singh was on
Wednesday briefed by the BSF on the ground situation along the border in Jammu
and Kashmir where Pakistan is continuously firing on frontier posts and
During the hour-long briefing, Director General of
Border Security Force DK Pathak informed the Home Minister about the damage
caused to the assets of BSF as well as some damage caused to the civilians
living close to the International Border following firing and shelling by
soldiers of Pakistan Rangers.
Singh was apprised of the deaths and injuries caused
to the BSF and the civilians in the area, a Home Ministry official said. Two
civilians were killed 17 others including four BSF jawans were injured in
firing and shelling by Pakistani troops during last 45 days.
Firing and shelling from across the border have taken
in civilian areas in Arnia, RS Pura, Ramgarh, Akhnoor and Kanachak forward
areas along IB in Jammu and Samba districts. The Home Minister enquired about
the morale of the forces deployed in the areas affected by Pak shelling. He was
told that the morale of the forces was very high.
Singh was informed that BSF officers are on the ground
along with the troops and constantly guiding the troops. The Home Minister
appreciated the efforts of the BSF in tackling the situation and assured full
assistance of resources to the DG, BSF for taking appropriate action on the
The BSF chief had visited the forward areas yesterday
following a directive of the Home Minister. The BSF had said the firing by
Pakistani forces in the last 45 days was possibly the ‘heaviest’ since the 1971
India had yesterday lodged a protest with Pakistan
over escalating border ceasefire violations. The protest was lodged during
telephonic talks between the DGMOs (Director General Military Operations) of
the two countries.
A flag meeting between the BSF and Pak Rangers was
also held today along the border in Akhnoor sector of Jammu to defuse tension.