An Army naik was killed while two other soldiers got injured in Palanwalla sector during an encounter with suspected terrorists, who made an unsuccessful attempt to sneak into the Indian territory from across the Line of Control (LoC) on Tuesday morning.
According to sources, troops at Chakla post in the area noticed some terrorists trying to cross the LoC at around 9.15 am. On being challenged, the infiltrators opened fire making the troops to retaliate.
The exchange of fire between the two sides continued for nearly half-an-hour, during which an army naik died. Two army jawans were also injured, sources added.
A Defence Ministry spokesman, Lt Coeonel Maneesh Mehta, confirmed Army troops foiling an infiltration bid by terrorists. However, he did not speak about casualties among the troops.
Significantly, the infiltration attempt in Palanwalla sector came less than 24 hours after a similar attempt by them from across the international border in Hiranaguar sector on Monday evening. An infiltrator was killed there when BSF opened fire at them.
During the last week, one BSF jawan and seven others, including civilians, were killed during Pakistani firing in Arnia sector.
The security forces attribute continued incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistan to its attempts to help terrorists sneak into the Indian territory. To check infiltration attempts, the BSF has already stepped up vigil and deployed additional personnel along the international border.
DDC vice-chairperson Ashish Khetan said, “As of today he does not hold the charge anymore.”