On his birthday, BSF jawan killed in Pak firing along border in Jammu

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Pakistan troops on Wednesday violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control in Samba of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, killing an Army jawan.

R P Hazra

Fifty-year-old Head Constable R P Hazra was severely wounded after Pakistani forces "sniped" from across the border in the Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir at about 4 pm.

Hazra, who hails from Murshidabad in West Bengal, was born on this day in 1967.He has served for about 27 years in the border guarding force. He is survived by a daughter (21) and son (18).

A senior police official said that "Pakistani forces indiscriminately opened fire at the BSF camp in Samba sector. The BSF retaliated to the unprovoked firing."

"The BSF soldier died due to fatal bullet injuries in the ceasefire violation," he added.

Ceasefire violations and sniper attacks along the LoC and the International Border (IB) by Pakistani troops have been on the rise over the last few months.

According to govt data, Pakistani forces have violated the ceasefire along the International Border and Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir more than 720 times in 2017, the highest in past seven years.

The data further states that Pakistani forces have violated ceasefire 724 times along the LoC till October in comparison to 449 times in 2016.

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