Army Soldier Killed In Cross-Border Firing Along LoC


JAMMU — An army soldier was killed Sunday as troops of India and Pakistan exchanged firing along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch and Rajouri districts.

“Pakistani troops targetted forward posts and villages with heavy caliber weapons and rockets,” said a defence spokesperson ading that he Indian Army retaliated in strong measure.

He said grenadier Hari Bhakar, a resident of Rajasthan’s Nagaur district, was seriously injured and admitted to the nearest field hospital, but succumbed later, taking the number of Army personnel killed since last week to three.

On March 18, rifleman Karamjeet Singh was killed in Pakistani firing in Rajouri district, while rifleman Yash Paul lost his life in firing by Pakistan troops in the same sector on March 21. 

Officials said grenadier Bhakar wa/s guarding a forward post in Shahpur area and was critically injured in the cross-border firing, which continued intermittently throughout the night. 

A wreath laying ceremony was held in northern Army headquarters at Udhampur to pay tribute to him, the officials said, adding that his his mortal remains were transported in a service aircraft from Udhampur to Jaipur. 

 Soldier killed, another injured in cylinder blast inside camp in Kathua

 An Army soldier was killed Sunday and another injured when a gas cylinder exploded inside a camp in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. 

The incident occurred when the soldiers were carrying a gas cylinder inside their barrack in Janglote army camp in the afternoon, a police official said. 

He said Naik Deepank Twang (35) of Darjeeling was killed and another soldier was injured in the blast. 

After completion of legal formalities, the body of the deceased was handed over to his unit for last rites, the official said.  (With Inputs From PTI)

Observer News Service

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