BSF casaulty highest in five years; 8 killed in four years, 11 in last six months

11 Border Security Force (BSF) troops have been killed in cross-border firing incidents along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir by now in 2018. It is the highest casualty figure for the border forces in a year in past five years.

Four BSF personnel, including an Assistant Commandant-rank officer, were killed in a similar incident in the Ramgarh sector of Jammu today alone.

In 2017, Two BSF personnel were killed and seven injured due to sniping and mortar shelling while three BSF personnel were killed and 10 injured in such incidents in 2016.

Similarly, in 2015, a BSF man was killed and five were injured while two of its men were killed while 14 were injured in 2014.

According to PTI, over 320 firing incidents have taken place this year till date, leading to the killing of 11 BSF personnel and leaving 37 other injured.

In comparison to this, a total of 111 cross-border firing instances took place in 2017 along Jammu IB while the figures were 204 incidents (in 2016), 350 (in 2015) and 127 during 2014.

Today, Assistant Commandant Jitendra Singh (34), Sub-inspector Rajneesh Kumar (32), Constable Hansraj Gurjar (28) and Assistant SI Ram Niwas (52) were killed in cross-border firing.

Officials said while ASI Ram Niwas, manning the ‘morcha’ (observation post), was hit first from the cross-fire, the rest three were killed in the subsequent mortar firing, as they were trying to evacuate the ASI.

On June 3 similarly, two BSF personnel were killed and 10 persons injured in heavy shelling and firing along the IB in Pragwal, Kanachak and Khour sectors.

The latest casualties take the overall number of those killed in ceasefire violation along the IB and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir this year to 50, including 24 security personnel.

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