Srinagar, Jan 18: A teenage girl and a BSF trooper were killed while six others sustained injuries in cross border shelling along the border in Jammu and Samba districts on Thursday.
A senior officer of the BSF told GNS that Pakistan Rangers opened “unprovoked fire” on Border Out Posts and villages along the International Border (IB) in R S Pura, Arnia and Ramgarh of Jammu and Samba districts late last night.
The BSF troopers manning the fence responded strongly and the exchange of fire continued for several hours intermittently, the officer said.
In the incident, a BSF jawan identified as Head Constable A Suresh of 78 battalion sustained serious injuries and was hospitalised.
Suresh, a resident of Tamil Nadu later succumbed to injuries, the officer said.
Official sources, meanwhile said that a 16-year-old girl namely Neelam Devi died in the shelling.
Meanwhile, a wreath laying ceremony was organized at BSF frontier headquarters at Paloura in Jammu and rich tributes were paid to the trooper, the BSF spokesman said.
K K Sharma, Director General BSF, Ram Awtar, IG BSF Jammu, S D Singh, IG Police, Sat Sharma, MLA Jammu West, Rajeev Ranjan, Deputy Commissioner Jammu, DIG CRPF and J&K Police paid floral tribute to the slain. (GNS)