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Congress lauds BSF for stopping infiltration at LoC, IB

Updated: Oct 22, 2016 08:34 IST

New Delhi [India], Oct. 22 (ANI): Appreciating the aggressive offensive firing carried out by the Border Security Force (BSF) after Pakistan violated the ceasefire in the Hiranagar sector of Jammu, the Congress on Saturday said the retaliation by force means the BSF is active and stopping terrorists from infiltrating.

"This means that our force is active and stopping terrorist from infiltrating into India," Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit told ANI.

Yesterday, Border Security Force (BSF) Inspector General D.K. Upadhyay confirmed that the launch of an "aggressive offensive firing" of small arms and area weapons in Hiranagar in Jammu and Kashmir that claimed lives of one militant and seven Pakistani Rangers.

In the intervening night of October 19-20, BSF troops foiled an infiltration bid in Bobiyan village of Hira Nagar Sector in Jammu, in which one militant was killed; whereas, in the same area, Pakistani Rangers today targeted the BSF domination along the International Boundary, in which one BSF Constable Gurnam Singh received a bullet injury, said the BSF in a statement issued New Delhi.

The constable was evacuated to the Jammu Government Medical College with the cover fire. However, his condition remains critical.

The BSF said the forces are on high alert all along International Boundary and ready to foil any infiltration attempt.

Early on Thursday morning, Pakistan had resorted to ceasefire violation in Bhimer Gali (BG) sector of Rajouri and in the Hiranagar sector of Kathua district.

This comes after a spree of ceasefire violations last week by Pakistan after the surgical strikes conducted by the Indian Army on September 29 to destroy terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Ever since, Pakistan has stepped up cross-border firing and has violated the Line of Control ceasefire at least 20 times. (ANI)