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In 1st Ceasefire Violation After Indo-Pak Agreement, BSF Patrolling Party Targeted in Ramgarh by Rangers

Representational image.

Representational image.

On February 24, in an unexpected move, India and Pakistan issued a joint statement agreeing to strictly observe ceasefire regulations.

Pakistan Rangers on Monday resorted to “unprovoked” cross-border firing along the International Border in the Ramgarh Sector of Samba district. The firing was, however, retaliated ‘effectively’ to by the Border Security Force (BSF).

The BSF said early morning, a patrolling team of the force was fired upon by the Pakistan Rangers. “Our patrolling party was targeted by the Pakistani Rangers in the Ramgarh sector of Samba district early this morning, we also retaliated in a big way,” Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of BSF, SPS Sandhu, said.

The cross-border firing comes after a lull of two months when in February this year both the sides once again agreed to abide by the ceasefire agreement of 2003.

The Director General of Military Operations of India and Pakistan had held a telephonic conversation on February 22, 2021, the statement of which was issued two days later, stating that both the sides had agreed to abide by the 2003 ceasefire agreement.

The joint statement issued by the DGMO of India and Pakistan stated that Director Generals of Military Operations of India and Pakistan held discussions over the established mechanism of hotline contact. The two sides reviewed the situation along the Line of Control and all other sectors in a free, frank and cordial atmosphere.

The statement further read that in the interest of achieving mutually beneficial and sustainable peace along the borders, the two DGMO agreed to address each other’s core issues and concerns which have propensity to disturb peace and lead to violence.

“Both sides agreed for strict observance of all agreements, understandings and cease firing along the Line of Control and all other sectors with effect from midnight 24/25 Feb 2021. Both sides reiterated that existing mechanisms of hotline contact and border flag meetings will be utilised to resolve any unforeseen situation or misunderstanding”, the statement read.

During the past two months of the lull, the BSF also accused the Pakistan side of using drones to try and push arms and ammunition into the Indian side from the International border.

“Despite the existence of ceasefire agreement between Pakistan and India, Pakistan Rangers did not stop their nefarious activities against India and carried on with their ill motives on International Border in Jammu. Today alert BSF troops in Arnia Sector foiled Drones intrusion bid by Pakistan on International Border. During the early morning hours today, two Drones/UAV were observed entering from Pakistan side and Immediately fired upon by vigilant BSF troops which compelled it to retreat back to Pakistan territory”, an official statement issued by the BSF on April 24 had read.

The statement had further read that Pakistan Rangers have been regularly violating the International Boundary through drone intrusions and trying to drop Arms/Ammunition in Indian territory but successfully repulsed by BSF troops on Border. It may be recalled that BSF shot down a Pak Hexa-Copter carrying huge Cache of Arms/Ammunition on 20 June 2020 at BOP Pansar.

“Today’s Drone intrusion Bid foiled by BSF Jammu troops is indicative of alertness and swift retaliatory action by BSF on a Drone intrusion from Pak side. The BSF intelligence branch was receiving inputs about possible use of Drones by Pakistan for ferrying arms and ammunition from Pakistan into Indian side. Accordingly, the troops are on alert and the border domination was exponentially increased”, the statement had read.

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first published:May 03, 2021, 10:35 IST