Asserting that suitable reply has been given to Pakistan, Jammu Frontier BSF Inspector General Ram Avtar today said the security force is ready to face any challenge on border. The martyred soldier was identified as Ct Bijender Banadur of Uttar Pradesh.
The bullet hit him on the left side of abdomen and as a result died during evacuation, Pareekh said. He is made due by his better half Sushmita Singh. An unidentified BSF official told IANS that Pakistan had resorted to unprovoked firing at Indian positions in the RS Pura sector near the International Border. One civilian is reported injured in the firing which took place in Arnia.
Parekh called it a violation of the 2003 ceasefire accord between the nuclear rivals, both of who claim Kashmir in its entirety.
Pakistani soldiers were killed in retaliatory action by the BSF earlier during the day.
"Heavy firing exchanges are going on as BSF troopers retaliated unprovoked, indiscriminate firing by Pakistan", the police officer said at around 11.15 a.m. Until August 1, there were 285 such activities by the Pakistan armed force, while there were 228 in all of 2016, as indicated by the Indian Army, said PTI.
There have been continuous ceasefire violations by the Pakistani troops for the past three days.