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Mehbooba expresses grief over BSF casualties in Pak firing

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Chief Minister, today expressed deep anguish and grief over the death of four BSF personnel, including an officer, in firing by Rangers in the sector of district.

Four (BSF) personnel, including an assistant commandant-rank officer, were killed and three others injured in firing by Rangers along the International Border in the district.

Paying rich tributes to the slain personnel, the reiterated her demand for cessation of hostilities along the borders to protect lives and properties of border people who, have been caught in a distressing situation of past few months which has put them to vulnerability.

Mehbooba said the suspension of operations elsewhere in the state has given the people a sigh of relief and hoped the same is extended to the borders and an atmosphere of peace returns to these areas which had prevailed for more than a decade due to the peace efforts of both the neighbouring countries in 2003 around.

The has extended her sympathies to the bereaved families while praying for peace to the departed souls.

The BSF said that it had honoured the ceasefire agreed at a recent sector commander-level meeting but resorted to unprovoked firing.

"Since the ceasefire was is the time we use to strengthen our defences. A team was going with defence material, Pakistan violated the ceasefire and fire at them with flat trajectory weapon followed by mortar firing. That is how the causality has taken place," (ADG) of BSF Western Command, K N Chaubey, told reporters here today.

The BSF ADG said that it was very unfortunate and "the ceasefire announcement made and agreed is to be honoured".

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 18:10 IST