Director General, BSF K.K Sharma briefing media at Jammu on Tuesday.
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JAMMU: Terming as very serious the attempts by Pakistani forces to push armed terrorists across the border ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir, Director General of Border Security Force (BSF) K K Sharma said on Tuesday efforts were on to locate the infiltrators.
Five infiltrators sneaked into Hiranagar sector probably through a tunnel on Sunday night and efforts are on to detect and neutralise them, Sharma said.
A Border Security Force jawan was martyred in ceasefire violation by Pakistani army along the International Border (IB) in Samba district last night.
Martyr BSF jawan Devender Singh
Referring to the killing of a BSF jawan in firing from across the border, Sharma said the sacrifice would not go in vain and assured appropriate action against Pakistan.
Pakistan is our hostile neighbour and tries to push terrorists and violates ceasefire regularly. BSF does no initiate (ceasefire violations) from this side but whenever Pakistan initiates, we give them a befitting response, Sharma told reporters at the BSF headquarters here.
Referring to the latest incidents along the international border, Sharma said a group of five infiltrators may have sneaked in, while another attempt was scuttled.
There is a possibility that a group of five (terrorists) managed to sneak into this side through a tunnel on Sunday night. We have not so far detected any tunnel but are looking for it. The anti-tunneling exercise is going on, he said.
He said the presence of a group, comprised of five members, was confirmed through HSTI imagining. I am sure they will be detected and neutralized, the BSF chief added.
He said this (infiltration attempts and Pakistani firing) was a “very serious incident” because it had happened ahead of the scheduled visit of Prime Minister to the state on May 19.
“The BSF always gives a befitting reply to Pakistan. This time it is not going to be any exception. The martyrdom of our jawan will not go in vain and we will take appropriate action, he said. Asked about intelligence reports suggesting presence of terrorists at launching pads across the border, he said there is no second thought that a lot of terrorists were present at the launching pads and Pakistan is attempting to push them into this side.
On a smart fencing project, he said it was nearing completion. I am hopeful that it will be in place either by this month end or in the first or second week of next month and it will be inaugurated by the Union Home minister, Sharma said.
We have planned to roll out the project to make the Pakistan border safer and secure and completely covered by the technology, he said. Technology is a big advantage as humans cannot see beyond 100 meters or listen beyond 50 meters, he said.
After the induction of smart fencing, we can pick up enemy movement three kilometers away, he said. After the completion of cultivation (season), sniping and cross border firing is a usual thing and the latest incidents are the part of this phenomenon,” the BSF chief said.
Meanwhile, the firing from across the border came barely four days ahead of the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the State, and also ended months of lull in the border skirmishes along the IB which saw heavy Pakistani firing and shelling earlier this year.
Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked and indiscriminate firing on forward posts in the Manguchak area around 11.30 pm last night and was effectively retaliated by the jawans guarding the IB, the officer said seeking anonymity.
He said heavy firing between the two sides continued for an hour during which Constable Devender Singh was hit by a stray bullet through the loophole of his picket.
He was immediately evacuated to a hospital but could not survive, the officer added.
He said intermittent firing between the two sides was still continuing when last reports were received.
The incident came barely 24 hours after BSF noticed suspicious movement of a group of five persons, believed to be terrorists and attempting to sneak into this side, along the IB in Hiranagar sector of nearby Kathua district, prompting a massive search operation and sounding of a high alert in Jammu.
Army also pressed helicopters into service during the search operation which entered the second day today, the official said.
Singh’s death took the number of persons killed in over 700 incidents of Pakistani shelling along the IB and Line of Control (LoC) in the state — highest this year — to 33. The deceased included 17 security personnel.
There has been a lull in firing along the IB over the past three months after intense border skirmishes in January and February, which led to many casualties and forced civilians to flee their homes. However, the frequent ceasefire violation by Paksitan was going on along the LoC.
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