"Since the ceasefire was on, that is the time we use to strengthen our defences and the team was going with the defence material. That is how the casualties happened", said BSF Additional Director General (ADG) Kamal Nayan Choubey at the force's headquarters here after a wreath laying ceremony for the four men.
The deceased have been identified as Assistant Commandant Jitender Singh, SI Rajneesh, ASI Ramniwas and Constable Hansraj. Sub Inspector Rajneesh Kumar, who was born in 1986 and joined BSF in 2012 hails from Etah in UP.
The injured have been evacuated to a hospital.
"It is very unfortunate".
Expressing concern over the rising incidents of terror attacks during the unilateral ceasefire announced by the Centre during the holy month of Ramzan, National Conference vice-president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: "With the militant organisations doing their best to make sure the ceasefire is a failure they will only have themselves to blame if the security forces come back at them even harder when the ceasefire ends". Pakistan has not and what Pakistan does is its business. "How we respond to the betrayal is our job", he said.
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All the martyred and injured jawans belonged to the 62 battalion of BSF.
During unprovoked cross-border firing by Pakistan, four courageous jawans laid down their lives while defending the sanctity of the country, a BSF spokesman said.
Every year on the last Thursday of June, a three-day long fair is held at the shrine of Baba Dalip Singh Manhas, also called Baba Chamliyal on either side of the border. "If they can return from their previous hostile positions of attacking each other, Pakistan and India can also resume composite dialogue", he said.
Muhammad Shakil Qureshi, a resident of Taroti Dharamsal village in Abbaspur tehsil of Poonch district, became the victim of "targeted killing", since he was sniped by Indian forces, in an apparent violation of the two-week-old understanding between top military officials of Pakistan and India to "fully implement a 15-year old truce agreement in letter and in spirit", the officials said.
BSF immediately swung into action and retaliated in equal measure to silence Pakistani guns.
Meanwhile five others were injured due to cross border shelling by Pakistan rangers. Fifty two people including 26 security personnel have been killed on the LoC and worldwide border in Jammu region this year so far.