Soldier Killed, 3 Hurt in Pakistan Firing Along LoC in J&K.
A havaldar in the Indian Army was killed and three others, including 2 females, were hurt on Saturday as Pakistani soldiers turned to unprovoked firing on forward posts and villages in various sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir, authorities stated. The casualties came barely a week after several ceasefire infractions by Pakistani troops along the LoC in north Kashmir left 11 people, including 5 security workers, dead on November 13.
Havaldar Patil Sangram Shivaji, who was manning a forward post, was seriously injured in the Pakistani firing in the Lam location of Rajouri district’s Nowshera sector around 1 am, the officials stated, including he later yielded to injuries. Another soldier also sustained injuries and is currently undergoing treatment at a military medical facility, they stated.
The officials said the Indian Army struck back efficiently to silence the Pakistani weapons, and the cross-border shooting in between the two sides continued for quite some time. Taking to Twitter, the basic officer commanding (GOC) of the Jammu-based White Knight Corps and all other ranks saluted the soldier and used their condolences to his household.
In a statement, a defence spokesperson stated Havaldar Shivaji, a citizen of Nigave village of Kolhapur in Maharashtra, was a brave, extremely inspired and genuine soldier.” The country will constantly remain indebted to him for his supreme sacrifice and commitment to task,” he said.
In another ceasefire offense this evening, the officials stated 2 females– Sakina Bi (40) and Mansha bi (18)– were hurt in shooting and mortar shelling along the LoC in Bhagal Dara town of Digwar sector in Poonch district. Both the hurt were evacuated to healthcare facility amid shelling which began around 5.50 pm, the officials said, adding there were also firing in Malti and Dallan sectors in Poonch district. The defence spokesperson stated Pakistan likewise fired small arms and mortars in the Nowshera sector of Rajouri about 6 pm, triggering retaliation by Indian army. The cross-border firing was going on when last reports were received, he stated. The officials said Pakistani Rangers also resorted to unprovoked shooting along the IB in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district.
The shooting on Satpal, Manyari, Ladwal and Karol Krishna border outpost locations started around 10 pm on Friday, triggering strong and efficient retaliation by the Border Security Force, the authorities stated. Cross-border skirmishes continued till 5.25 am on Saturday, and there was no report of any casualty or damage on the Indian side, they added. Meanwhile, a rusted grenade was discovered by a cops party throughout patrolling in the commercial area in Poonch district which was later on pacified by the experts of bomb disposal squad, the authorities said.
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