Jammu: An Army soldier was killed on Saturday as Pakistan violated ceasefire by resorting to mortar shelling and small arms firing on forwarding posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district, a Defence spokesman said.
The latest ceasefire violation comes two days after Pakistan claimed that its four soldiers were killed in firing by Indian troops on their posts along the LoC. Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa (35), a resident of Dehradun, sustained fatal injuries in the Pakistani firing in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district, the spokesman said. He said the unprovoked firing from across the border started at around 6.30 am, prompting strong and effective retaliation by Indian soldier guarding the border.
The exchange of fire between the two sides was on when the last reports were received, a spokesman said, adding the casualties suffered by Pakistan in the retaliatory action was not known immediately. Last month, two Army personnel and a 10-day-old baby were killed and several civilians injured in heavy Pakistani shelling and firing in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region.
In Rajouri of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan on Thursday violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC). Pakistan soldiers opened fire this morning, targeting the Indian posts in Keri belt of Sunderbani sector. Rifleman Yashpal (24) received bullet wounds from this unprovoked Pakistani firing and succumbed to his injuries. In another incident, terrorists threw grenades at a police party in Sopore. Three policemen, including the police station in-charge, were injured in the bomb attack. There have been 110 incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistan this year so far. The western neighbour had violated the ceasefire 2,936 times in 2018.
Recently, four civilians, including three members of a family, were killed by Pakistani bullets in Kashmir. On 14 February, some terrorists of Pakistan-sponsored Jaish-e-Mohammed, led by a fidayeen (suicide bomber) attacked a convoy of the CRPF, killing 40 paramilitary jawans. After this, the Modi government had given full autonomy to the security forces to give Pakistan-based terrorists a befitting reply. The Indian Air Force destroyed some of Jaish’s hideouts with airstrikes in Balakot, Pakistan, on 26 February. About 350 terrorists were killed in the IAF airstrike