An Army Naik was killed in an unprovoked firing by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday afternoon.
Identifying the martyred soldier as Naik Mahendra Chemjung, 35 of Chilingdin, Nepal, a defence ministry spokesperson Colonel N N Joshi said that he was grievously injured. He is survived by his wife Nayan Kala Chemjung and one son.
Naik Mahendra Chemjung was a brave and sincere soldier, the spokesperson said, adding that the nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty. Northern Army Commander Lt General D Anbu and all ranks paid tributes to the martyred soldier and expressed condolences to the bereaved family.
It has been the second day that Pakistani troops have resorted to unprovoked firing along the LoC in Poonch district. 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.
For the past couple of months, there has been escalation along the international border and the Line of Control following continued incidents of unprovoked mortar shelling and small arms fire from Pakistani side. Sources attributed it growing desperation on Pakistan side in view of its failure to push in armed terrorists into the state before the onset of winter when mountainous passes get closed due to snow fall. Alert BSF troops in Arnia sector had on Saturday last detected an incomplete cross border tunnel emanating from Pakistan side of the international border.
Earlier on Wednesday last, Pakistani troops had resorted to mortar shelling on civilian areas in Balakote and Manjakote sectors of Poonch and Rajouri districts, respectively, injuring two civilians including a 50-year-old woman on September 27.