The Border Security Force (BSF) said on Friday it killed 15 Pakistani Rangers while retaliating to a ceasefire violation on the international border in Jammu and Kashmir.
Yesterday, too, one Pakistani Ranger was killed and another injured in retaliatory firing by the BSF, as Pakistani troops heavily shelled five sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) and the international border.
The BSF has also said that Pakistan forces are pushing militants into the Indian side of the border. A senior BSF officer told the media that since the past 24 hours there was an action conducted by the Pakistan Border Action Team in Rajouri sector.
In the past four days, a six-year old boy and a man have been killed in the offensive by Pakistan. There are reports that over 400 families have migrated from the border villages and 24 civilians have been injured.Over a dozen cattle have perished in these areas.
The Border Security Force and the army have responded "appropriately and befittingly”, a defence spokesperson said.
BSF additional director general Arun Kumar said 15 Pakistani army men could have died in India’s retaliation against the ceasefire violations, though the force did not confirm "the number of causalities on the other side”.
The defence spokesperson said: "There was unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan Army in Sunderbani, Pallanwala and Nowshera sectors of Rajouri and Jammu districts today (Friday).”
The official said Pakistan used small arms, automatics, 82mm mortars and 120mm mortars.
"It (the firing) continued till 5. 00am on Friday...,” said BSF Jammu frontier DIG Dharmender Pareekh.
Officials believe some Pakistani posts and villages have suffered heavy damage in India’s response.
On October 21, the BSF had stated that it shot dead seven Pakistan Rangers personnel and a militant during cross border firing at the IB in Hira Nagar sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
Relations between India and Pakistan have hit a new low after four militants attacked an Indian Army base in northern Kashmir’s Uri in September, killing 19 soldiers . India blamed Pakistan-based militants for the assault, a charge Islamabad promptly denied.