9 BSF personnel injured during firing practice in Jaisalmer


Nine BSF personnel were harmed amid a firing practice at Kishangarh field firing range near Pakistan border in Jaisalmer on Tuesday morning. At 8.40 am, while the troops of 112 batallion were completing yearly firing exercise of 51 mm mortar, one bomb prematurely exploded, said BSF sources.

The condition of two BSF jawans is said to be serious but out of danger.

All of them were immediately given first aid by a doctor and after that taken to Ramgarh Hospital. Subsequently, they were air-lifted to Air Force Hospital, Jaisalmer, and later to Jodhpur Army Hospital in a helicopter.

BSF is investigating the reason for the mischance.

BSF official sources said that BSF jawans of 112 batallion of Bikaner sector were carrying out firing practice of 51 mm mortar in Kishangarh range. Amid the practice, mortar ammunition exploded at a distance of only 10 feet from mortar because of some technical error in which nine jawans were harmed.

The condition of two jawans is serious. They were given first aid at BSF health centre. Then taken to Air Force Hospital, Jaisalmer, and later taken to Army Hospital, Jodhpur, in a helicopter.

Sources said that a helicopter of Air Force was called to airlift the harmed jawans.