India claims Pakistani crossborder firing injures their soldier

India claims that soldier was injured when Pakistani troops fired on a BSF post at Hiranagar in Samba sector Kashmir.

Web Desk July 27, 2013
A file photo of India Border Security force personnel patrol as they prepare for the flag off ceremony at India-Pakistan Wagah Border. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

SRINAGAR: Following claims from Pakistan that Indian firing had killed at least one soldier and injured another, Indian authorities claimed that a member of their Border Secuiry Force (BSF) had been injured in one of the two incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops on Saturday, New Delhi Television reported.

According to the report, Pakistani troops allegedly used mortars, RPGs and heavy machine guns to fire at a BSF post at Hiranagar in Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir leading to heavy firing exchanges.

Officers of the Army and BSF said that Head Constable Baljeet Singh from the 68 Battalion was injured in the firing and had to be hospitalised.

Indian officers claimed that Pakistan had committed two ceasefire violations, with Pakistani troops firing at the Indian Army posts in Poonch sector near the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir earlier in the day.

"Pakistani troops have targeted Indian posts by firing rocket projectile grenades (RPGs) and heavy machine guns along LoC in Doda Battalion forward area in Poonch district since 0730 hours today," a senior Army officer said.

Indian troops retaliated effectively, resulting in heavy exchanges which were on for five hours, the officer said.

According to India, this is sixth ceasefire violation in July this year.