‘Operation Arjun’ brought the enemy border force guard of Pakistan to surrender themselves to a peaceful resolution of issues that have been running between the borders for about a month and finally after a heavy exchange of fire, it is now ended on a peaceful note.
Farms and residences of Inter-Services Intelligence officers and retired officers of Pakistani Army were targeted by ‘Operation Arjun’. It was released after heavy firing from Pakistan that killed Border Security Force constable K.K. Appa Rao on 25th August. Martyr Rao was deployed in BSF’s 192 Battalion in the sector of Jammu’s Budhwar border Outpost.
As per the official document, “Operation Arjun” continued till September 24, in which BSF used small and medium weapons along airborne weapons, resulting in heavy casualties and damage to Pakistani sides. Following this, Pakistan began heavy firing and intermittent bombarding in areas of Akhnoor, Jammu and Samba sectors, mostly targeting BSF posts and also civilian areas of Jammu and Kashmir.
The firing continued between August 25 and September 24 led to the killing of seven Pakistani Rangers personnel and terrorist infiltrators along with 11 civilians of Pakistan. “As many as 35 Pakistan Rangers were also injured in BSF’s retaliatory firing.”
Pakistani Rangers had also claimed in the firing, the life of a BSF jawan and a citizen, which was shown in the document, which states that six BSF personnel and 16 civilians were also injured in the violation of war break by Rangers.
However, after ‘Operation Arjun’, situations got changed that led Pakistan Rangers to surrender with a request at the level of Director General for bi-annual border talks.
BSF personnel has successfully achieved ‘Operation Arjun’ after ‘Operation Rustam’ of 2016. The move of BSF has forced Pakistani Rangers to put down their guns and sign the documents. From November 8, the three days talk between the two sides of the border started.
BSF chief K. K. Sharma said, “My feeling is these conferences are held in a very friendly atmosphere and both sides are eager to make things better. Unfortunately, the situation in Pakistan is such that not much headway takes place on the actual ground, I am sorry to say.”
The officer added, “The limited takeaway was that a dialogue started after a long gap.”
According to Sharma, in the last one year, International Border in Jammu and Kashmir witnessed 1,020 incidents of violation of the ceasefire by the Pakistani army, after which the terrorists made many attempts to infiltrate into India.