An Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldier attained martyrdom on his birthday in Samba sector at Indo-Pak International Border in Jammu & Kashmir.
Official sources informed that Pakistani Rangers violated ceasefire at 4:20 pm on Jan 3, at International Border in which a BSF soldier identified as a 48-years-old Head Constable RP Hazara of West Bengal, got bullet injury and later succumbed on his way to hospital. Hazara was born on the same day in year 1967.
"At around 4:20 pm, the BSF Head Constable RP Hazara was on duty at Border Out Post (BOP) Chakdulma in Samba sector, when Pak sniper fired on him from Pak BOP Sukhmal," said sources and added that he was immediately shifted to the hospital.
Meanwhile, Pakistan army also violated ceasefire at Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu region. Official sources say that Pakistan opened ceasefire at around 6:55 pm in Balakote sector of Poonch. Pak opened firing with automatics and mortars targeting forward posts and civilian areas in Basuni village.
"Pak army's 801 Mujahid Regiment opened firing on Indian Forward posts from their Goga, Pir Kilinjar, Suleman and Cheel Takri posts. Indian army also retaliated strongly," said official sources and added that heavy and small weapons are being used by Pak army, shells from Pak were dropped in civil areas of village Basuni in Balakote sector.
However, there were no reports of any casualty or injury, but the firing was still on, till last reports came in.
An alert has been sounded at both bordering districts of Samba and Kathua in Jammu region as there is dense fog in the area.
Sources said that Pakistan may also attempt to push infiltrators in the cover of firing and dense fog, so extra alert has been maintained in the border areas by Security Forces. Local population also has been cautioned to not to come out in the night and to inform local police if any suspicious movement will be seen.