Srinagar: Terming the militant attack on its convoy as an "act of desperation", Border Security Force (BSF) on Friday said there are elements who do not want peace and progress in Jammu and Kashmir.
"The (militant) attack on our boys was an act of desperation by unscrupulous elements who do not want peace and progress...I will not say it indicates the rise in militancy," Inspector General of BSF, Kashmir Frontier, P S Sandhu told reporters in Srinagar.
Militants on Thursday ambushed a BSF convoy near Chanapora bridge in the outskirts of the city, killing a jawan and injuring two others.
Mr Sandhu, who led his officers and jawans to pay floral tributes to the slain jawan at Subsidiary Training Centre Humhama, said despite the attack by militants the jawans were not provoked and exercised total restraint.
"It was an unfortunate incident, a cowardly act on the part of militants. There was huge number of civilian movement at the time of the incident and had our boys retaliated, there would have been civilian causalities," he said.
The BSF officer said the paramilitary force will not be provoked by such incident and will ensure maximum restraint in future as well.
Earlier, Mr Sandhu laid wreath on the coffin of constable Kishan Kalita before his body was flown to his native place in Assam.
Story First Published: March 22, 2013 15:37 IST