Srinagar, May 18: A Border Security Force (BSF) soldier, identified as Sitaram Upadhyay, was killed during a ceasefire violation by Pakistan Rangers along the Line of Control (LoC) in RS Pura Sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. Two civilians also lost their live in the unprovoked firing initiated by Pakistan during wee hours. A security personnel who was injured in the cross-border firing has been admitted to a hospital.Also Read - CBI Raids 40 Locations Across J&K in Gun License Scam, Official Residence of IAS Officer Searched
The ceasefire violation comes two days after India asked the security forces not to launch operations during Ramzan while accepting the Mehbooba Mufti government’s proposal. Last week, the J&K CM had requested that security force operations be halted during Amarnath Yatra and Ramzan. Also Read - Decide if You Want to Join Pakistan or Become an 'Independent State': Imran Khan to People of Kashmir
Meanwhile, the wife of martyred BSF Constable strongly opposed India’s move to not launch operations in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan. “India asked security forces not to launch operations during Ramzan but my husband was killed in firing by Pak. What’ll happen by offering compensation? It’ll not bring back my husband,” she said. Also Read - Drone Shot Down in J&K's Kanachak, Explosive Material Recovered
On Wednesday, the HMO India announced that J&K CM’s proposal to stop security operation in J&K during Ramzan has been accepted. “The Centre asks Security Forces not to launch operations in Jammu & Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan. Decision taken to help the peace loving Muslims observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment,” HMO India tweeted.
In another tweet, the HMO India posted, “Security Forces to reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people. Government expects everyone to cooperate in this initiative and help the Muslim brothers & sisters to observe Ramzan peacefully and without any difficulties.” It also added, “It is important to isolate the forces that bring a bad name to Islam by resorting to mindless violence and terror.”
The holy moth of Ramzan started on Thursday in some parts of India after the crescent new moon was sighted.