Srinagar, May 18: Four civilians lost their lives in separate incidents of ceasefire violation in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. Two civilians were killed in the unprovoked firing by Pakistan Rangers in Arnia whereas, two others died in RS Pura Sector of the state during cross-border firing along the Line of Control (LoC) during wee hours today along with a Border Security Force (BSF) soldier, identified as Sitaram Upadhyay.
The violation of ceasefire by Pakistan in Arnia and RS Pura Sector comes two days after India asked the security forces not to launch operations during Ramzan while accepting the proposal of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to halt security force operations during Amarnath Yatra and Ramzan.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Centre accepted J&K CM’s proposal to stop security operation in J&K during Ramzan. “The Centre asks Security Forces not to launch operations in Jammu & Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan. Decision taken to help the peace loving Muslims observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment,” HMO India tweeted informing about the development.
In another tweet, the HMO India posted, “Security Forces to reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people. Government expects everyone to cooperate in this initiative and help the Muslim brothers & sisters to observe Ramzan peacefully and without any difficulties.” It also added, “It is important to isolate the forces that bring a bad name to Islam by resorting to mindless violence and terror.”
The holy moth of Ramzan started on Thursday in some parts of India after the crescent new moon was sighted.