Pak Firing Kills Indian Soldier on LoC

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

Jammu- An Army soldier was killed on Wednesday in Pakistani firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, a defence spokesperson said.

Sepoy Laxman, a resident of Jodhpur in Rajasthan, was the fourth soldier killed this year in cross-border firing along the LoC.

“The Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation on the LoC in Sundarbani sector of Rajouri. Our troops responded strongly to the enemy fire,” the spokesperson said.

He said Laxman was critically injured in the firing and later succumbed to his injuries.

Earlier, three Army personnel were killed in Pakistani firing along the LoC in January this year.

In 2020, over 5,400 instances of ceasefire violations by Pakistan, the highest in the past 19 years, were recorded along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir. A total of 36 people were killed and over 130 injured in these ceasefire violations, according to the officials.

On Tuesday, Lok Sabha was informed that a total of 10,752 cases of ceasefire violation have taken place along India’s border with Pakistan in the last three years in which 72 security personnel and 70 civilians were killed,

Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said 364 security personnel and 341 civilians were injured in these ceasefire violations along the International Border and the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

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