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BSF DIG killed in Samba blast
Tejinder Singh Sodhi
Tribune News Service

Ramgarh (Zero Line), November 16
A DIG of the BSF was killed this morning when suspected infiltrators detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that they had planted on the Indian side while making an infiltration bid in the Ramgarh sector of Samba district.

The deceased, 52-year-old OP Tanwar, DIG, hailing from Palwal in Haryana, had joined as DIG, Jammu frontier, on November 2 here. The BSF set on fire a large piece of land in the area to destroy any other IEDs planted by the militants late evening.

Tanwar was killed and two BSF soldiers were seriously injured when they were on a combing operation at the Balad forward post that had come under a heavy fire from across the border late last night.

As per senior BSF officers, the militants taking advantage of the heavy fire had successfully managed to plant an IED on the Indian side and detonated it from a safe distance using the Pakistan territory.

This is for the second time in the past one month when militants from across the border had successfully planted an IED on the Indian side. On October 18, a border fencing pillar in the Paharpur area along the Hira Nagar sub sector of Kathua district was destroyed in an IED blast triggered off by militants. Speaking to The Tribune, AK Surollia, IG of BSF, said, “Two to three groups of around 10 to 12 militants were spotted trying to infiltrate into our side late last night. Our alert jawans fired at them and foiled the infiltration bid.”

He said during the encounter, that lasted several hours, the militants planted an IED near the border. “In the morning, when the officer (DIG) was on a combing operation in the area, the militants triggered off the IED killing the officer on the spot and injuring two others,” Surollia said.

Senior BSF, Army and police officers, including DGP Kuldeep Khoda, rushed to the border outpost to take stock of the incident. The Army also conducted an aerial survey of the border.

This is for the first time that a senior officer of the rank of DIG has been killed in the Jammu region.

Senior BSF officials said it was a well-planed operation carried out by militants as after planting the IED they were keeping an eye on the movement of the BSF officers to the spot and detonated it when a senior officer was in the area.

Though the infiltration bid was foiled, militants taking advantage of darkness and long vegetation growth planted the IED. “Soon after the IED was detonated, we heard cries like ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ from across the border,” a senior BSF official manning Zero Line said.



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