Indian Army Officer Killed In Pakistani Firing On LoC

Indian forces personnel patrolling near the line of control – File Photo

Jammu: A junior commissioned officer (JCO) of the army was killed in heavy shelling by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, officials said.

This was the fourth casualty army suffered in the past five days along LOC in Kashmir.

“A JCO was killed in unprovoked Pakistani firing and shelling in Nowshera sector of Rajouri, the officials said, adding that further details were awaited.

According to the reports, the slain officer has been identified as Subedar Sukhdev Singh of army’s 16 Grenadiers.

Earlier, a defence spokesperson said Pakistani troops opened fire and shelled mortars in forward areas in two sectors along the LoC in the twin districts of Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region.

Pakistan initiated the unprovoked ceasefire violation in Nowshera sector of Rajouri around 6.30 pm.

The Indian Army retaliated befittingly and the cross-border firing between the two sides continued for quite some time, the spokesperson said.

Later at around 8.20 pm, he said Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing and mortar shelling in Degwar sector of Poonch district, drawing strong retaliation by the Indian army.

The cross-border shelling between the two sides was going on when last reports were received, a police official said.

The killing of JCO in Rajouri comes four days after 3 army men were killed and five others were injured in separate incidents of Cross-LoC firing in Jammu and Kashmir.

In Naugam sector of Kupwara, two soldiers were killed and four others injured on Thursday in a ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops. Earlier on the same day, a soldier was killed and another injured in Cross-LoC shelling in Krishna Ghati sector of the Poonch district.

Prior to that, a soldier was killed and two others, including an officer, were injured in firing from across the border on September 5 in the Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district, officials said. Two days earlier, a JCO was killed in yet another cross-border firing incident in the Keri sector of Rajouri.

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