India to avenge killing of Narendra Singh at opportune time
Border Security Force (BSF) Director General KK Sharma has said that Pakistani military has become “more aggressive” since Imran Khan became the Prime Minister alleging that there were many training camps and launch pads along the border where hundreds of terrorists have been present.
While talking to the media persons on Friday in New Delhi, the BSF chief confirmed the killing of a head constable Narendra Singh on September 18 by Pakistan’s Border Action Team (BAT), the first such attack on International Border (IB) and vowed to strike back at Pakistan to ‘avenge” his killing at the opportune time.
BSF Chief, who is set to retire from the post on Sunday, said, “This happened after Imran Khan took over as Prime Minister. Nothing has changed on the border. Now we are witnessing BAT action on the International Border which never happened earlier. Generally BAT action happens at the LoC. There is more aggressive stance from the other side compared to the past.”
He further said, “We are taking precautions to avoid such incidents. Generally, whenever our troops do the exercise, the other side objects and fire a few shots in the air. We used to withdraw, talk to them and the exercise would re-commence. In this case, when the fire came, our personnel made a tactical retreat”.
He went on saying, “Then they realised that one of their men had been left behind. They went back to examine and found the helmet and a cap. And also found some signs of a person being dragged to the other side. We could not cross over because. Then the counterparts took quite some time to get in touch with us”.
“They allowed us to search the area on the other part. And our party found the body. The feet were tied. There were three bullet wounds on the chest and there was a slit mark on the throat,” General Sharma added.
BSF Director General KK Sharma said that Pakistan was in denial over the killing. “The moment this incident took place, we noticed that the other side simply vanished. They have also got their villages vacated,” he said.
He also said that BSF always gave a very tough and befitting reply. “We will do the same again. But in this case it was very important for us to retrieve the body first and then think of something else. In the near future we will do something.”
In June this year, Pakistani Rangers resorted to unprovoked and indiscriminate firing along with IB, killing two BSF personnel. This happened despite the two DGMOs held meeting on May 29 and agreed to implement the ceasefire pact of 2003 in “letter and spirit” to stop border skirmishes.
In May this year, thousands of people residing along the IB in Jammu and Kashmir, Kathua and Samba districts had to flee their homes following intense shelling from Pakistan between May 15 and May 23, leaving 12 dead, including two BSF personnel and an infant and scores of others injured.