AN Army jawan and a woman were killed while five people, including two jawans, were injured when Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling and firing along the Line of Control in Rajouri and Poonch districts on Monday.
Besides 82 mm and 120 mm mortars, small arms and automatic weapons were also fired from across the border, said Defence Ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Manish Mehta, adding that Indian troops retaliated “appropriately’’ and “befittingly’’.
He said Rifleman Bimal Tamang, 20, from Dharan in Nepal was killed in Rajouri.
According to sources, 50-year-old Rashida Bi was killed and her daughter Nazma Akhtar (24) injured when a mortar shell hit their house at Golad village near Mendhar in Poonch. Another woman Tasveer Bi and two jawans were injured in Basooni, they said.
The unprovoked ceasefire violation in Manjakote and Ghambir areas of Rajouri district and Darana, Basooni and Golad in Poonch district followed three unsuccessful infiltration attempts in Kathua district since the night of October 29. Sources said that with winter approaching, Pakistan has been trying to push in terrorists before the mountainous passes are blocked due to snowfall.
After foiling two infiltration bids, BSF personnel spotted three terrorists moving towards the border at Hiranagar sector. They took shelter in wild growth but were spotted again. Security personnel opened fire. The terrorists fired back, but later retreated.