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The Pakistani rangers resorted to unprovoked firing on the IB in Samba and Hiranagar sectors, BSF sources had said.

In the heavy Pakistan shelling in R S Pura and Arnia sectors, four civilians including a couple were killed and 12 others injured, Additional District Development Commissioner Arun Manhas told PTI.

The incidents of unprovoked firing and attempts to infiltrate the IB have increased in the last few days even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to reach Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow as part of an official visit. In total, six persons, including a BSF officer, were injured in the firing.

The police official said that the BSF retaliated strongly and effectively at all places as the intermittent firing exchanges between the two sides continued. He was critically injured at Jabowal BoP around 0130 hours and died en route to GMC Hospital in Jammu.

According to border residents in the area Pakistan rangers used 82 mm mortars and LMG fire to target the civilian areas.

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Upadhyay hailed from Giridih in Jharkhand and joined the force in 2011. Upadhyay leaves behind a 3-year-old daughter and a 1-year-old son. One BSF constable had also attained martyrdom in the cross border firing.

The injured civilians have been 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.

A BSF constable was killed after Pakistan Rangers targeted along the International Border (IB) in Jammu's RSPura sector on Thursday night.

It was followed by another infiltration bid in Samba sector but the same was foiled by the BSF jawans.

The central government on Wednesday announced a ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir, asking security forces to halt their operations during Ramzan to help "peace loving Muslims" observe the holy month in a peaceful environment. What will happen by offering compensation? "India asked security forces not to launch operations during Ramzan but my husband was killed in firing by Pak".

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