Udhampur attack: Rajnath Singh says BSF, CRPF have launched operation against militants

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, Aug 5: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Wednesday that he had spoken with Border Security Force (BSF) Director General D.K. Pathak with regard to the attack on a BSF convoy near Udhampur, and said both the BSF and CRPF have launched a counter-operation against the attackers.

“Spoke to DG BSF Shri DK Pathak regarding the attack on convoy near Udhampur. BSF and CRPF have launched an operation against the attackers,” he tweeted.

“1 terrorist has been killed by our forces and the search is on for others. My condolences to the families of jawans who died in this attack,” he added.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the attack on a BSF convoy in Udhampur was a “worrying development” as the area had remained free from militancy for a long time.

“An attack on this stretch of the NH (National Highway) after a very long time. Worrying development because area was militant free,” Omar wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Two BSF jawans and a militant were killed while eight others injured when militants attacked a convoy of the BSF on Jammu-Srinagar highway near Samroli in Udhampur district early this morning.

The attack, which comes days after terror struck Dinanagar of Punjab, is the first in the district in over a decade.

Udhampur was one of the four districts of Jammu and Kashmir from where the Omar Abdullah-led state government wanted the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) to be revoked citing considerable improvement in the situation.

The other districts were Srinagar and Budgam in Kashmir Valley and Jammu district in Jammu region.

Security forces have cordoned off the area and the encounter was continued when reports last came in. One militant has also been killed.

Pak Rangers target 12 BOPs with mortar bombs

Earlier on Tuesday, Pakistani troops targeted 12 border out posts (BoPs) by resorting to firing and mortar shelling along the International Border in Jammu district. BSF troops retaliated resulting in exchange of fire, which was still going on when last reports came.

A BSF spokesman said, “Pakistani Rangers resorted to firing of small arms and mortar shells on BoPs along IB in Kanachak and Pargwal sectors of Jammu district from 0540 hours”.

He said: “They targeted 12 BoPs along IB in these sectors” adding “There was no loss of life or injury to anyone on BSF side.”

As per reports, some mortar shells also landed in civilian areas triggering panic in Kanachak and Pargwal forward areas.

With today’s ceasefire violations, there have been 8 ceasefire violations by Pakistani Rangers in August.

On August 2 and 3, Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire four times by resorting to small arms firing in forward posts along LoC in Krishnagati, Mandi, Balakote and Pallanwala sectors of Poonch and Jammu districts.

There were two ceasefire violations on August one.

Pakistani Rangers also violated the ceasefire by resorting to small arms firing and mortar shelling on 3 BoPs along the IB in Akhnoor sector in Jammu district yesterday.

There have been 18 ceasefire violations along the Indo-Pak border in July in which four persons, including three jawans, were killed and 14 others injured

(With Agency Inputs)

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