October 4, 2014 8:51:39 pm
An Army jawan was killed and another was injured in an IED blast in Balnoi area of Mendhar in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday evening.
Identifying the deceased jawan as Sepoy Akshaya Godbole and the injured as Sepoy Shubam Khadatkar, a Defence Ministry spokesman Lt Colonel Manisg Mehta here said that due were part of a “foot patrol” in the area. Both the jawans were rushed to the hospital, but Godbole died on the way.
The IED was suspected to have been planted by militants. The army troops have launched an operation to sanitize the area, he added.
Pakistani troops and militants have stepped up activity along the Line of Control. A girl has died and nearly a dozen others were injured in incidents of unprovoked firing by Pakistani troops and Rangers along the LoC and the international border during the past four days.
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On Friday, Pakistani Rangers targeted forward Indian positions along the international border in Arnia sector. The BSF retaliated to the unprovoked firing by Pakistan which continued throughout night injuring some civilians in the area.
Earlier during the day, Pakistani troops had resorted to mortar shelling on civilian areas at Saujjian in Poonch district, killing a 17-year-old girl and injuring four others. A few houses at Gigriyan village were also damaged.
Sources said that Pakistani troops have restarted unprovoked firing on Indian side after a lull of nearly a month along the LoC to provide cover fire to militants desperately trying to sneak into the state from Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Since Monday, two groups of militants were reportedly seen moving on PoK side near the LoC looking for an opportunity to cross over to the Indian side.
The militants were desperate to sneak into the state in view of the coming winter season when mountainous passes will get closed due to snowfall. However, there has been almost negligible infiltration from across the border due to intensified vigil being maintained by army troops so far.
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