BSF lodges protest with Pakistani Rangers over firing

August 17th, 2009 - 11:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Jammu, Aug 17 (IANS) The Border Security Force (BSF) authorities lodged a strong protest Monday at a flag meeting with Pakistani Rangers over Sunday morning’s firing along the international border in Ramgarh sector in Jammu and Kashmir.
There was firing along the international border in Ramgarh sector at Ballad post for half-an-hour early Sunday morning. The BSF termed it as an infiltration bid and claimed that it has been foiled.

BSF Inspector General A.K. Surolia said: “No militant has sneaked in.”

BSF officers held a flag meeting in Ramgarh sector and told Pakistani Rangers that the firing incident on the international border was against the spirit of the November 2003 ceasefire.

According to sources, the BSF officers told Pakistani Rangers that they should control the situation on their side of the border and not allow militants to come near the fence.

“We want Pakistani Rangers to live up to the commitment to stop infiltration not encourage it,” a senior BSF official told IANS.

Pakistani Rangers, sources told IANS, denied any involvement in the firing incident.

Sources said that the Indian border guards would take further steps to intensify the vigil along the 198 km international border.

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