Centre seeks report on cross-border firing in J&K
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 22, 2009, 20:52
New Delhi: Concerned over a major infiltration bid through cover of firing, the Centre Tuesday sought a report from the BSF on the situation along the border in Jammu and Kashmir where Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing since last night.

Meanwhile, a contingent of Army has reached the Kandal border post, where the firings have taken place, along the International Border in Samba sector to assist the BSF troops engaged in retaliating the firing from across the border.

Home Ministry sources said officials in the BSF headquarters were in constant touch with the troops on the ground and giving necessary instructions.

"We are expecting a report from the BSF on the situation very soon," a source said, adding the firing was launched from across the border as a cover to infiltrate militants into Jammu and Kashmir.

However, the bid remained unsuccessful as the entire area was protected by barbed fencing and BSF found no trace of any damage to the fencing.

A flag meeting between BSF and Pakistan Rangers is likely to be held tomorrow along the border where the Indian border guarding force will lodge a strong protest on the firing.

Though the BSF has enough force in the state, a small contingent of Army has also reached the Kandal post to assist the BSF, sources said.

A red alert has been sounded along the entire border with Pakistan and patrolling intensified.

There have been 28 incidents of such ceasefire violations till November 25 by Pakistan along the Line of Control.

During the last four years there have been 129 incidents of ground ceasefire and 43 air space violations by Pakistan.

A DIG of BSF was killed and two other force officials seriously injured in a blast triggered by militants near the Indo-Pakistan border in Samba district's Ballad post on November 16.


First Published: Tuesday, December 22, 2009, 20:52

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