Kathua: A Border Security Force (BSF) assistant commandant was killed along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district in Hiranagar sector on Tuesday.

BSF sources said the Pakistani troops violated the 2003 ceasefire on the international border in Hiranagar sector. “An Assistant Commandant of the BSF was injured in the firing. He was shifted to the Army Hospital in Udhampur where he succumbed to his critical injuries,” an official said.

The BSF soldier who has been identified as Vinay Prasad was hit by a sniper shot in the morning. Prasad later succumbed to injury in the hospital.

Meanwhile, Pakistani troops also resorted to firing on forward Indian positions along the LoC in Nowshera sector. The Indian army retaliated. “Pakistan troops used small arms and mortars to target our positions in Sunderbani sector. Our troops retaliated strongly and effectively,” Defence Ministry spokesman Lt Col Devender Anand.

Pakistan troops have been resorting to unprovoked firing and mortar shelling at one or the other place along both the international border and LoC in the state.

On January 2, Pakistan had violated ceasefire along the Line of Control in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir.  Meanwhile, Indian troops retaliated against Pakistani troops.