Centre seeks report on cross-border firing in J&K

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.

PTI



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

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