The jawan, A Suresh, was a Head Constable of the 78 Battalion. He came from Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu. The civilian has been identified as 17-year-old Neelam Devi. Six civilians have also been injured as Pakistan Rangers targeted villages in Jammu and Samba districts. Pakistani Rangers fired at over a dozen border outposts and 20 villages.
Additional Deputy Commissioner of Jammu, Arun Manhas told news agencies that "BSF troops are giving a befitting reply" to Pakistani shelling which started around 9pm last night and has been going on intermittently. Mr Manhas said that "The district administration has asked all its officers to remain in a state of highest preparedness in view of continuous ceasefire violations by Pakistan". Villagers though have not been evacuated yet, he said.
"I do not see any indication of change in the attitude of Pakistan. If they keep doing this, they will receive a befitting reply from us, like it is happening now" said Hansraj Ahir, Minister of State, Home Affairs.
The latest ceasefire violation comes less than two days after seven Pakistani soldiers were killed by the Indian Army in cross-border firing initiated by Pakistani rangers in Poonch sector.
(With inputs from Agencies)
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