An Army jawan was killed on Tuesday as Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling and small arms fire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Mendhar and Krishna Ghati sectors of Poonch district.
Identifying the deceased soldier as Naik Ravi Ranjan Kumar Singh (36) of Bihar’s Gope Bigha village in Dehrionson tehsil of Rotasa district, defence ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Devender Anand said that he was killed during exchange of fire in Mendhar sector. Singh is survived by his wife Rita Devi, the spokesperson said.
The Army responded strongly and effectively, causing heavy damage to Pakistan Army posts and casualties to its soldiers, the spokesperson added.
Naik Ravi Ranjan is the second soldier killed in Pakistani firing along the LoC during the last three days. Earlier on August 17, Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa, 35, of Dehradun was killed in Pakistani firing in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district.
Taking serious note of continued ceasefire violation by Pakistani Army and stepped up infiltration attempts from across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, the Army had early this month warned of a strong response.
“During the past few days, Pakistan had intensified its efforts at increasing the strength of terrorists in launch pads along the Line of Control, initiating ceasefire violations, pushing infiltrators across the LoC, caliberating terrorist actions in the hinterland and also exploiting social media to launch disinformation campaign in Jammu and Kashmir,” said Northern Army Commander Lt General Ranbir Singh while chairing a meeting of the core group of intelligence and security agencies at Srinagar.
Pointing out that the Army has given a befitting response, he warned Pakistan Army that if it “continued with a disruptive course, the troops would respond with resolve and that the cost would be prohibitive for them”.