November 7, 2016 2:56:25 am
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.
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Army sources said 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 Sepoy Gursewak Singh of 22 Sikh and Naik Tukpare Rajendra Narayan of 22 Maratha Light Infantry. Those injured included BSF Sub Inspector Nitin 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.
Sources said that the damaged Pakistani post, located on a mountain, overlooked the Gali Maidan area on the Indian side where Pakistani troops had last month damaged a BSF administrative base and over a dozen shops.
“The latest round of shelling was heaviest ever since the 2003 ceasefire agreement,” said Naveed Ahmed, a local resident working in the J&K revenue department.
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.
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