Tensions have escalated on the International border (IB) as Pakistan Rangers targeted Indian border outposts at 25 locations across Jammu division on Friday night even as the rattled J&K government has put the administration on high alert to deal with any exigency. An intruder was killed when Border Security Force foiled an infiltration bid in Samba sector of Jammu division amid ceasefire violations by Pakistani Rangers.
Deputy Inspector General of BSF, Jammu Frontier, Darmendra Parekh told dna that Pakistani Rangers fired at 25 border outpost areas along the IB on Friday night.
“We observed suspicious movement at different places. We fired at them and in the morning we found one body of an intruder. It has been their (Pakistan Rangers) pattern that when they want to push in infiltrators they send somebody in advance and if he crosses over then they send the remaining party,” he said.
The latest provocation started at 10.30 pm on Friday when Pakistani rangers opened heavy fire on different BSF posts almost all along the IB from RS Pora sector to Samba in the Jammu division.
BSF troops retaliated and the exchange of fire continued till Saturday morning.
Official sources said after LoC Pakistan is now eyeing the international border (IB) to push in as many as infiltrators into Jammu and Kashmir before the onset of winter. “And that is why they are targeting Indian posts on IB in a bid to give cover to the infiltrators so that they could sneak into Indian side,” an Intelligence officer said. Last month three Pakistani militants breached the IB in Hiranagar sector and killed 10 people including four policemen and four army men including a lieutenant colonel in a fidayeen attack on police station and army cantonment in Hiranagar and Samba areas of Jammu respectively.
The fresh ceasefire violation has not only instilled fear among the local villagers but has rattled the Omar Abdullah government which has ordered administration to prepare a contingency plan to deal with the situation. “We are monitoring the situation closely. We have asked the administration to remain stand by. We want that the ceasefire should hold so that people could live peacefully,” Tara Chand, deputy chief minister of J&K told dna.
Under the plan, the civil and police officers concerned have been asked to be stationed in their areas and maintain close liaison with BSF and Army in a bid to build confidence among the villagers and to promptly attend any untoward incident in the areas.
Directions have been issued to ensure round-the-clock availability of doctors in the health centers. “Local people as well as police should maintain close liaison and SSP should personally supervise police establishments for prompt action during any possible event,” Chand said. Also, the government has kept all public buildings including community halls ready for any exigency, divisional commissioner of jammu , Shatmanu told dna.