Situation ‘tense’ at border, supervised troops to teach them a lesson, says BSF chief K K Sharma

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Elaborating the condition along Indo-Pak border as “tense”, Director General of Border Security Forces K K Sharma said on Thursday that he directed his troops to retaliate with “full force” and “teach them a lesson”. “We can describe the situation as tense. Earlier, there had been firing along the Line of Control and now they have started firing along the international border as well,” said Sharma.

Following giving his tributes to BSF head constable A Suresh, who was killed in motiveless firing by Pakistan on Wednesday night, he said, “Martyrdom of A Suresh will not go waste”. Describing his death as “unfortunate”, Sharma said that the BSF constable was struck by a bullet that seemed to have crossed through a small gap in his bunker. “Is tarah ki yudh ki sithati mein, aap isko occupational hazards keh saktey ho (In such a war like situation, one can describe it as occupational hazards). To avoid casualties due to sniper fire, we have provisions for bulletproof helmets and jackets for the troops, but even then many parts of the body remain exposed,” Sharma said.

Sharma added that it is not the first time that Pakistani Rangers directed to unprovoked firing towards the Indian side. Indicating that the BSF never violates ceasefire but only retaliates to the violations from the other side, Sharma said that “we are a peace-loving country and we do not want to create war-like situation”. “However, we are more than prepared to meet any situation on the border, whether infiltration or ceasefire violation,” he added.

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