Bengal BSF jawan shot in Jammu

Srinagar: A BSF head constable from Bengal was killed by a Pakistani sniper on Wednesday, his 50th birthday.

Murshidabad resident R.P. Hazra, a head constable with 173 battalion, is survived by his wife, a 21-year-old daughter and an 18-year-old son, the Border Security Force said.

The jawan was deployed at the Chak Dulma post in the Hiranagar sub-sector of Samba district in Jammu when a bullet hit him around 4.15pm. He died of his injuries in hospital.

The BSF said there was heavy retaliation to the violation of ceasefire by the Pakistanis.

Hazra had served in the force for 27 years, an officer said.

The jawan is the first to be killed in Pakistan shelling this year. Last year, the state witnessed the maximum ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops in seven years. Thirty-five people were killed.

There were 881 ceasefire violations, 771 on the Line of Control and 110 on the international border in Jammu.

In 2016, there were 449 incidents of ceasefire violations - 228 on the line of control and 221 on the international border, in which 13 civilians and 13 security personnel were killed.


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