BSF Jawan Sitaram Upadhyay Killed, another injured in unprovoked firing by Pak along IB


Indian Border Security Force Jawan Killed on early Friday morning in an unprovoked firing from Pakistan along the International Border (IB) in Arnia sector of Jammu, an official said. This comes a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir. “Firing in Heeranagar area was on during the intervening night of May 16 and 17 in which one BSF trooper was injured. Yesterday, during the daytime, it stopped but Pakistan resumed firing last night in the Arnia sector which claimed the life of a jawan early today,” a senior BSF official said.

Sitaram Upadhyay, the 28-year-old soldier who was killed in unprovoked firing from Pakistan was from Giridih in Jharkhand. He joined the Border Security Force in 2011. He is survived by a three-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter.

Four civilians were also injured in the overnight firing, which included mortars being hurled at villages in the border area and prompted India to retaliate.

They were identified as Farooq Din of Jora Farm, Pyara Ram of Shamka village, and Raman Kumar Gupta and Harbans Lal of Trewa village in Arnia sub-sector. Gupta, who sustained shrapnel injuries to his head and neck, is said to be in a critical condition.

The incidents of unprovoked firing and attempts to infiltrate the International Border have increased considerably in the last few days. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to reach Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow as part of an official visit to the state.

Another BSF jawan was killed along the Jammu border area earlier this week while he was preventing an infiltration bid.

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