BSF Ceasefire

Locals show mortar shells fired by Pakistani troops along the International Border in Arnia in Jammu Sept. 15, 2017. (IANS photo)

JAMMU — A Border Security Force jawan was killed when Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire for the third consecutive day Sept. 15 along the International Border in Jammu district.

Constable Bijender Bahadur was on duty at a forward point along the fence in the Arnia sector along the IB when Pakistani Rangers began mortar shelling and firing small arms at about 0020 hours Sept. 15.

A bullet hit the jawan on the left side of his abdomen and he succumbed to injuries on the way to hospital, a BSF officer said.

"BSF troops retaliated strongly and gave befitting reply," he said.

"Intermittent fire continued from both side from midnight till morning," the officer said.

Bahadur, 32, hailed from Vidya Bhawan Naraypur village in Uttar Pradesh's Balia district. He is survived by his wife Sushmita Singh.

There have been continuous ceasefire violations by the Pakistani troops for the past three days.

Two Pakistani soldiers were killed in retaliatory action by the BSF Sept.14 while three Indian jawans were injured in unprovoked firing and shelling by Pakistani troops along the IB and the Line of Control in Jammu and Poonch districts Sept. 13.

There has been a sharp increase in incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops this year. Through Aug. 1, there have been 285 such violations by the Pakistan army, while in 2016, there were significantly fewer – 228 for the entire year, according to Indian Army figures.

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