Srinagar: A Border Security Force (BSF) jawan was on Saturday accidentally killed while he was retaliating to ceasefire violation by the Pakistani troops in Macchil sector of Kupwara district along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
The incident took place hours after terrorists, aided by the cover fire by the Pakistani Army, on Friday night crossed the Line of Control in the sector and killed an Indian Army jawan and mutilated his body.
One attacker was killed in the incident which the Indian Army said will be "responded to appropriately".
Pakistan Rangers also violated ceasefire in RS Pura and Kathua sectors along International Border today.
Elaborating on the incident which took place this morning, BSF IG (Kashmir) Vikash Chandra said that constable Nitin Subhash sustained grievous injuries last evening when an explosion inside the chamber of the long range weapon led to a recoil while he was firing in retaliation to ceasefire violation from across the LoC.
"Subhash was injured due to recoil and was admitted to a medical facility where he succumbed late last night," the official said.
Earlier, a top BSF official had said that the jawan was killed today in firing by Pakistani troops.
28-year-old Subhash, hailing from Sangli in Maharashtra, had joined BSF in 2008 and is survived by his wife and two sons aged four years and two years.
Four Army and three BSF personnel have died in the latest escalation along the boundary with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir.
Two civilians were killed and as many injured yesterday after Pakistani troops had pounded civilian areas and forward India posts with 120 mm mortar shells and automatic weapons in Jammu, Kathua, Poonch and Rajouri districts.
BSF yesterday said that it killed 15 Pakistani soldiers till now in retaliatory firing along IB.