Update: But the Pak Army says none of its soldiers were killed in firing at border, contradicting BSF’s assertion of killing 15 Pak Rangers, reports news agency PTI.
Update: BSF on Friday said it had killed 15 Pakistani paramilitary personnel while retaliating to cross- border shelling and firing in which two Indian civilians were killed and two injured in Jammu region.
Jammu: 15 Pakistani soldiers have been killed in retaliatory firing by India troops after incessant ceasefire violations by Pakistan since yesterday in Jammu and Kashmir, the Border Security Force (BSF) said on Friday.
The forces assess that two Pakistani Frontier Force soldiers and 13 Rangers have been killed in firing by Indian troops.
Exactly a week ago, seven Pakistani soldiers were shot dead by the BSF along the International Border in Kathua district of Jammu.
Firing has been on for the last 24 hours in Rajouri, Samba, Abdullia, RS Pura and Suchetgarh on the border.
“There are ceasefire violations repeatedly, we are giving a befitting reply. As far as our people have seen, what we have assessed is at least 15 rangers have been killed,” said senior BSF officer Arun Kumar.
Heavy shelling from Pakistan began around 5 am on Friday at Nowshera, Sundarbani and Pallanwala along the Line of Control. Yesterday, a BSF soldier died.
Jitender Singh, 46, died when Pakistani Rangers fired a mortar shell in RS Pura sector. He was the third BSF soldier to be killed in Pakistani shelling in the last five days.
In the last 12 hours, there have been six ceasefire violations by Pakistan.
Areas near the border have been on high alert because of a spurt in firing from Pakistan in the past few days.
“Yesterday, unprovoked ceasefire violation continued till night. It again started at three places this morning. We are giving them an appropriate response,” said Defence Ministry spokesperson Manish Mehta.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh had on Thursday urged the BSF to give a “fitting response”.
Over the last week, a six-year-old child was killed and 30 people were injured in shelling.