Soldier dies in fresh ceasefire violation by Pakistan, Army retaliates with massive fire assault

The latest casualty comes days after terrorists, aided by Pakistani cover fire, killed and mutilated the body of an army jawan.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 1, 2016 7:03 pm
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An army jawan and a woman were killed on Monday afternoon as Pakistani troops resorted to heavy mortar shelling along Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri and Mendhar sectors, Jammu-Kashmir. The jawan died in Rajouri sector where Pakistani troops targeted Manjakote and Ghambir areas. “Ceasefire violations in Rajouri sector are being retaliated with massive fire assault. One army soldier was martyred,” a spokesman of the Army’s Northern Command said.

While the woman died at Golad near Mendhar, her daughter was injured in the incident. Indian Army are retaliating the unprovoked firing from Pakistan with the same intensity, sources said.

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Elsewhere in Bala Kote village, two army jawans were injured in Pakistani shelling. They were later shifted to an Army Command Hospital in Udhampur. Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling in at least four places along the Line of Control in Balakote sector of Poonch district. Sources said the affected areas include Dharati, Sohala, Basoni and Panjani villages. A woman, identified as Rubina Kousar, was also injured in the shelling.

The latest casualty comes days after terrorists, aided by Pakistani cover fire, killed and mutilated the body of an army jawan. So far, four army jawans and three BSF personnel were killed in action, amid escalation of cross-border firing between India and Pakistan along the border.

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Pakistani Army fired and shelled the forward posts and civilian areas along the LoC in Mendhar sector of Poonch district. They also violated ceasefire in several areas of Rajouri district this afternoon, the officer said.

There was firing and mortar bomb shelling in Mankot and Balakote areas along the LoC.

A lull had prevailed along the International Border (IB) since 9 PM yesterday after ceasefire violations by Pakistani Rangers.

They had targeted BSF posts and civilian areas using small arms and mortar shells in continuous ceasefire violations along the IB in Samba, Kathua and Jammu districts, prompting BSF to retaliate.

There have been more that 60 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the LoC and IB in the state since September 29 surgical strikes against terror launch pads by Indian Army in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Eleven people, including three civilians, and eight security personnel were killed and over 40 people, mostly civilians were injured in the incidents.

“There were no reports of any firing last night in the RS Pura sector. Firing took place at one area in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district before 2000 hours,” Deputy Inspector General of BSF (Jammu frontier) Dharmendra Pareek said.

With inputs from Arun Sharma

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