Srinagar, May 18: Four civilians and one Border Security Force (BSF) soldier were killed during a ceasefire violation from across the border in Jammu and Kashmir’s R S Pura Sector.
The Pakistan Rangers resorted to firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in the RS Pura on Friday morning.
A BSF Constable has been identified as Sitaram Upadhyay. He hails from Jharkhand and is survived by a three-year-old daughter and a one-year-old son.
This comes nearly two days after, the central government announced conditional Ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan.
#FLASH: Two civilians have lost their lives in Arnia sector because of ceasefire violation by Pakistan. Total of 4 civilians & one BSF constable have lost their lives today in ceasefire violation in #JammuAndKashmir. pic.twitter.com/g38cO4HKlM
— ANI (@ANI) May 18, 2018
A Home Ministry statement said that the decision was taken “to help the peace-loving Muslims observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment”.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh conveyed the decision to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who had made an appeal for a Ramadan ceasefire in the valley on May 9.
The statement also asserted that security forces would reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if it was essential to protect the lives of innocent people.
India asked security forces not to launch operations during Ramzan but my husband was killed in firing by Pakistan.What’ll happen by offering compensation? It’ll not bring back my husband, Wife of BSF’s Jawan told media.
In the wake of ceasefire violation, the administration ordered the closure of the schools within a 3-kilometer radius of International Border (IB).
Earlier this year in January, residents of RS Pura Sector were forced to leave their homes due to the cease-fire arrangement being repeatedly violated by Pakistan