Something very substantial has happened: HM
Deterrent action will continue: DM
JAMMU, Sept 29: The BSF has carried out major retaliatory action against Pakistani Rangers on the International Border in Jammu sector to avenge September 18 killing of Head Constable Narender Singh in Ramgarh sector of Samba district inflicting heavy casualties and damage on Pakistan side. Click here to watch video
Significantly, an announcement of major action against Pakistani Rangers was made by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Director General of BSF KK Sharma on the day the country was celebrating second anniversary of surgical strikes against Pakistan.
Official sources told the Excelsior that exact location of massive retaliation against Pakistan has been kept secret due to strategic reasons but it was in Jammu sector on the International Border and the action was undertaken two to three days back in which the Rangers suffered heavy casualties and damages.
“Not only Narender Singh’s killing has been avenged but Pakistan has been taught such a lesson which it will remember for long times to come. Pakistan has been given befitting reply in response to mutilation of the body of Narender Singh after his killing in Ramgarh sector of Samba district on September 18,” sources said. Narender was a resident of Sonepat, Haryana.
After Narender’s body was recovered in mutilated condition, India had warned to avenge the killing and teach Pakistan a lesson. Sources said the security forces have fulfilled their commitment by taking stern action against the Pakistani Rangers, who were responsible for killing and mutilation of the body of Narender Singh.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh disclosed strong action taken against Pakistan while addressing a function at Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh.
He indicated that Indian forces struck hard at Pakistan two-three days back, retaliating to the killing of a BSF jawan at the International Border.
He didn’t disclose either location of the action taken or nature of the action by the armed forces but asked people to trust him on this.
“Hua hai, theek-thak hua hai. Vishwas rakhna, bohot theek-thak hua hai do-teen din pehle. (Something has happened, something substantial has happened. Believe me, something very substantial has happened a couple of days back),” Rajnath said and declared that such Indian action will take place in the future as well.
He made the comment while referring to the killing of BSF jawan Narendra Singh on September 18. The jawan was shot and then his throat slit.
“I have told my BSF jawans that Pakistan is a neighbour and so you shouldn’t fire the first bullet. But if a bullet comes from their side, then you shouldn’t count how many bullets you fire,” Rajnath said.
BSF Director General KK Sharma, who is retiring tomorrow, has also confirmed strong retaliatory action taken against Pakistan. He said it wasn’t necessary that we take action in the same area where the BSF has been targeted.
“We have hit back very effectively and Pakistan has been taught very strong lesion,” he said in New Delhi.
Sources disclosed that the retaliatory action taken by the BSF using heavy caliber weapons.
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said that deterrent action against Pakistan will continue at the borders.
“There are intrusions on the border and we are also eliminating a lot of them (the militants) at the border itself, not allowing them to infiltrate. I believe an action of this kind will deter Pakistan from training and sending terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir,” she said.
However, she added, the Army action will continue at the border irrespective of whether Pakistan learn a lesson or not.
Days after this killing in Ramgarh sector in the Jammu region, Army chief Bipin Rawat had said stern action was needed to avenge barbarism by terrorists and the Pakistan army.
“It is time to give it back to them in the same coin, but not by resorting to similar kind of barbarism. I think the other side must feel the same pain,” he had said.
According to sources, it was a well planned operation which was undertaken by the BSF to avenge the killing of martyr Narender Singh and teach Pakistani Rangers a lesson for their barbarism.
“The operation was executed successfully,” they said, adding Pakistani Rangers were taken by surprise and suffered heavy casualties and damage. However, exact number of casualties or damage couldn’t be ascertained immediately.
Sources said that details of the retaliatory action could be shared by the BSF at a later date.