Two Indian soldiers were killed and four others injured as Pakistan resorted to heavy shelling on at least six locations of Poonch amid two infiltration bids from across the Line of Control (LoC) that were foiled, the Army said on Sunday. Responding to the “ceasefire violation”, the Army said it inflicted heavy casualties on the Pakistani side. “Four Pak posts (were) destroyed in a massive fire assault in the Keran sector of the Kashmir valley,” the Army said.
Army sources that shelling from Pakistan killed one jawan and injured two people, including a BSF official, in the Krishna Ghati sector; another soldier was killed and two others, including a woman Special Police Officer (SPO), injured in the Sawjian area.
Those killed were identified as Gursevak of 22 Sikh and Naik Tukpare Rajendra Narayan of 22 Maratha Light Infantry. Those injured included BSF Assistant Sub Inspector Amit Kumar, SPO Rafiqa Bi and Saleema Akhtar, a resident of Upper Salotri — the identity of the fourth injured was yet to be verified.
Defence ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Manish Mehta said the Pakistani troops “fired 120 mm and 80 mm mortars, besides automatic weapons to target Indian positions”. “It was being responded to befittingly by our troops,’’ he said. “Witnesses in Sawjian have confirmed damage to Pakistani posts. They said that a huge fire had broken out at Copra post after being hit by Indian shells. The fire was visible from Sawjian,” said sources.
Ceasefire violations by Pakistan have occurred almost on a daily basis ever since India announced on September 28 that it had conducted surgical strikes along the LoC targetting terrorist launchpads.
On Thursday, eight civilians, including women and children, were killed and nearly 20 others injured in mortar shelling along the international border in the Arnia sector of Samba and across the LoC in the Majakote area of Rajouri.
In response, India destroyed over a dozen Pakistani posts and inflicted heavy casualties. Three civilians were also reportedly killed on the Pakistani side.