BSF jawan killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan troops
Jammu: A Border Security Force (BSF) jawan was killed when Pakistani troops violated ceasefire for the third consecutive day on Friday along the International Border (IB) in Jammu district.
Constable Bijender Bahadur was on duty at forward point along the fence in Arnia sector along the IB when Pakistani Rangers resorted to mortar shelling and small arms fire at about 0020 hours on Friday.
A bullet hit the jawan on the left side of his abdomen and he succumbed to injuries on the way to hospital, a BSF officer said.
"BSF troops retaliated strongly and gave befitting reply," he said. "Intermittent fire continued from both side from mid night till morning," the officer said.
Bahadur, 32, hailed from Vidya Bhawan Naraypur village in Uttar Pradesh's Balia district. He is survived by his wife Sushmita Singh.
There have been continuous ceasefire violations by the Pakistani troops for the past three days.
Two Pakistani soldiers were killed in retaliatory action by the BSF on Thursday while three Indian jawans were injured in unprovoked firing and shelling by Pakistani troops along the IB and the LoC in Jammu and Poonch districts on Wednesday.
Incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops have increased sharply this year. Till August 1, there have been 285 such actions by the Pakistan army, while in 2016, the number was significantly less at 228 for the entire year, according to figures by the Indian Army.
Meanwhile, the BSF paid tributes to constable Bijender Bahadur Singh.
A wreath laying ceremony was organised in honour of the BSF officer, who laid down his life guarding the nation's frontiers in Arnia sector, a defence spokesman said here.
Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh along with BSF officers and jawans paid floral tributes to the martyr at the BSF headquarters here.
Speaking to media, Deputy Chief Minister condemned the killing and said that India will give Pakistan a befitting reply.
"Pakistan is a country of cowards. They should desist from such acts. We will give them a befitting reply," Singh said.
Meanwhile, authorities on Friday imposed restrictions in parts of the city in the wake of apprehensions of trouble in the aftermath of killing of two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants in an encounter.
Restrictions have been imposed in five police station areas of Srinagar the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. They said restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC were imposed in Nowhatta, M R Gunj, Rainawari, Khanyar and Safakadal police station areas of the city.
The curbs were imposed as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident, the officials said.
They said teaching activity has been suspended in many educational institutions across the Valley as a precautionary measure.
Classwork has also been suspended in all colleges and higher secondary schools in Ganderbal, Anantnag, Pulwama and Shopian districts as well as many such institutions of higher learning in Baramulla district, the officials said.
However, they said, all other schools in these areas would function normally. Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has been put under house arrest at his residence in Nigeen, the officials said.
Rs 35 lakh ex gratia for terror victims' kin
The Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission has directed the state government to give a compensation of Rs 35 lakh to a man who lost seven members of his family in a terror attack 18 years ago, saying the delay amounted to glaring "violation of human rights".
Roop Lal, a resident of Mendhar in Poonch district, had lodged a complaint with the J&K State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) saying seven members of his family were killed by militants during an attack on his house on July 2, 1999, and he had received ex-gratia of just Rs one lakh from the state.
"After careful scrutiny of material available on record, the commission is satisfied that the complainant has made out a good case for grant of compensation to the tune of Rs 35 lakh," SHRC member Jung Bahadur Singh Jamwal said in his order released by the commission on Thursday.
"The Chief Secretary of the state is directed to pay sum of Rs five lakh each to the complainant against the killing of seven members of his family," he said. Jamwal said the delay on the part of the government to provide adequate
compensation to Lal amounted to glaring "violation of human rights".