A soldier was killed and three others were injured in Keri Battal area on Monday as Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling and small arms fire along the Line of Control in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district.
The deceased jawan was identified as rifleman Karamjeet Singh, 24, of Janer village in Punjab’s Moga district. Defence ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Devender Anand said that Pakistani troops on Monday “initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation around 5.30 am by shelling with mortars and firing of small arms along the LoC in Sunderbani sector’’. “The Indian Army retaliated effectively and the firing stopped at 7.15 am,’’ he added.
During cross border firing, Singh was among four soldiers injured. They were taken to a hospital where Singh succumbed to injuries.
Karamjeet’s father Avtar Singh, who had retired from the Army as naik, said that though he is proud his son died fighting for the country, he wants Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “find a permanent solution to our issues with Pakistan and save young men who are sacrificing their lives every other day at the border”.
He said, “I want to ask the government why we are unable to find a permanent solution to our issues with Pakistan. That country is supporting terrorism and also killing our sons on the border. I appreciate that we did air strikes in Balakot to take revenge for the Pulwama attack, but nothing has changed. How long will this go on?”
Karamjeet was posted in J&K for the past year and a half. He was supposed to come home to attend a family wedding on March 16 but his leave was cancelled.
“My elder son is a farmer and we have three acres of land. I request the government to provide him a job,” said Avtar Singh. Ever since IAF bombing of terror camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir after Pulwama attack by militants last month, there has been spurt in incidents of shelling and firing by Pakistan.