Union Minister of State for Defence Dr Subhash Bhamre on Wednesday commended the alertness of troops deployed along the Line of Control (LoC) and appreciated their efforts in foiling the nefarious designs of inimical forces.
During his visit to forward areas of border Rajouri district, Bhamre stressed upon the need to maintain a high degree of vigil along the borders. Bhamre, who is on a two-day visit to Jammu region, arrived at White Knight Corps headquarters in Nagrota where he was briefed by General Officer Commanding of White Knight Corps Lt General A K Sharma on prevailing security situation and operational dynamics of the Corps.
He may visit forward areas of Poonch on Thursday, said a defence ministry spokesperson here.
Significantly, the union minister’s visit to forward areas came amidst unprovoked mortar shelling and automatic weapons fire from Pakistani side for the last three days. On Wednesday, Pakistani shelling at forward Indian positions and civilian areas along the LoC in Poonch sector came around 8.45 am. The Indian army is retalitating effectively and strongly, a defence ministry spokesperson said.
On Tuesday afternoon, an Army Naik Magendra Chemjung of Nepal was killed in firing from Pakistani side in Krishna Ghati sector. On Monday, two minors were killed and 12 other civilians including a 5-year-old child and nearly half a dozen females were injured in unprovoked mortar shelling from across the border on civilian areas in Kerni and Digwar sectors.