Just a day before the scheduled visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Jammu & Kashmir, a BSF constable and a couple were among three people killed, as Pakistani Rangers continued targeting forward Indian posts and civilian areas with mortar shells and small arms fire along the global border on Friday.
The Pakistan Rangers again resorted to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in the RS Pura.
On the other hand, five civilians have been injured in RS Pura and Arnia sectors in Jammu district.
This comes a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Jammu and Kashmir.
BSF troops guarding the borderline retaliated, he said.
In the exchanges, a BSF jawan suffered injuries and has been hospitalised.
Sitaram Upadhyay, the 28-year-old soldier who was killed in unprovoked firing from Pakistan was from Giridih in Jharkhand. He was critically injured at Jabowal BoP around 1:30 am and died en route to GMC Hospital in Jammu. He is survived by a three-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter, officials said. The injured civilians, identified as Farooq Din of Jora Farm, Pyara Ram of Shamka village, and Raman Kumar Gupta and Harbans Lal of Trewa village in Arnia sub sector succumbed to their injuries on Friday.
On Thursday, a BSF trooper was injured in firing by Pakistani rangers on the IB in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba district.
The troubles had started along the worldwide border in Bobbiyan area of Hiranagar sector in wee hours of Tuesday when BSF foiled an infiltration attempt by militants from Pakistan side.
However, there was a lull in the shelling in Kathua and Samba districts.
It was followed by another infiltration bid in Samba sector but the same was foiled by the BSF jawans.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Centre accepted J&K CM's proposal to stop security operation in J&K during Ramzan.
"India asked security forces not to launch operations during Ramzan but my husband was killed in firing by Pak.What'll happen by offering compensation?It'll not bring back my husband", Upadhyay's wife said.