Srinagar: For the consecutive day Monday, India and Pakistani troops traded gunfire and mortar shells along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district.
Pakistan army on Monday violated the ceasefire and shelled forward posts along the LoC in Poonch district, officials said.
The Indian Army retaliated befittingly to the Pakistani aggression, they said.
“At about 1745 hours today, Pakistan army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and intense shelling with mortars along the LoC in Mankote sector, Poonch,” a defence spokesman said.
On Thursday, a 20-year-old man was injured in Pakistani shelling along the LoC in Shahpur sector of Poonch.
Jammu and Kashmir saw over 5,400 instances of ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC in 2020 — the highest in the past 19 years. A total of 36 people were killed and over 130 injured.
Meanwhile, the Army on Monday said it was investigating the circumstances in which a soldier died at a forward post along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
An Army official said it was clarified that the incident in which the soldier died was “non-operational in nature”.
“Circumstances under which Sepoy Nikhil Dayma was found dead on 29 January 2021 at around 1330 hrs while on sentry duty at a forward post along the LoC in Kashmir are being investigated,” he said.
Earlier, it was reported that Dayma died in an encounter with militants in Uri sector along the LoC.
Dayma, a resident of Alwar in Rajasthan, had reportedly returned to duty on January 13 after availing leave.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and BJP MP from Tonk-Sawai Madhopur Sukhbir Jaunapuria had paid tributes to Dayma, claiming that he was killed at Uri in an encounter with militants
“Salute the martyrdom of Alwar, #Rajasthan’s braveheart Sh. Nikhil Dayma who made the supreme sacrifice in an encounter with terrorists in Jammu & Kashmir. My heartfelt condolences to his family members & prayers that they find strength. We stand with them in this difficult time,” Gehlot tweeted on Saturday.
On Sunday, Jaunapuria visited the slain soldier’s bereaved family as well.
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