Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday indicated that Indian forces might have hit back with heavy artillery across the border to avenge the killing of a BSF jawan in unprovoked firing from Pakistan. Without clarifying the nature of the operation against Pakistani forces, Singh said, “something big has happened, trust us, we cannot reveal what exactly happened but it was done 2-3 days back.”
Speaking about the killing of BSF soldier Narendra Kumar, Rajnath Singh said, “Hamare BSF ka ek jawan, abhi uske saath jis tarike se badsalooki ki hai Pakistan ne, shayad aapne dekha hoga. Kuch hua hai, main bataoonga nahi. Hua hai, theek thaak hua hai, vishwaas rakhna bahut theek thaak hua hai, 2-3 din pehle. Aur aage bhi dekhiega kya hoga” (Something has happened, I can’t tell you what. It happened, something substantial. Trust me something big has happened 2-3 days back, now wait and watch what happens in the future).
Pakistan has suffered heavy casualties, TOI said, quoting BSF sources. “Maine apne Border Security Force ke jawanon ko kaha tha, padosi hai, pehli goli matt chalana, lekin ek bhi goli agar udhar se chal jaati hai to phir apni goliyon ko matt gin’na (I told BSF not to fire first since they’re our neighbours, but also told them not to count their bullets if fired upon),” Singh added.
Border Security Force (BSF) Jawan Narendra Kumar was killed in unprovoked firing by Pakistani troops at the international border on September 18. Kumar’s mutilated body was found with multiple bullet wounds after which a red-alert was sounded along the international border and LoC on Wednesday. The incident occurred just a day after Singh inaugurated a smart fence in Jammu along the border.
The incident occurred in the Ramgarh sector. The body was recovered from an area that is just 10 kms away from Makwal, where the fence was installed. The BSF lodged a strong with Pakistani counterparts.
The martyred jawan was part of a six-member team that was sent to clear the tall grass near the border fence. Pakistani rangers opened fire at this team, which retaliated but retrieved themselves to a safe location.