Civilian killed in Pak firing

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Dec 26: A civilian was killed in Pakistan firing in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district this afternoon. Indian troops retaliated Pakistan army’s firing very effectively, leading to exchange for about an hour.
Civilian killed in Pakistan firing has been identified as Bodh Raj, 55, a resident of village Deeing in Nowshera tehsil of Rajouri district.
Locals, however, said that Bodh Raj was working as a porter with the Army. They lamented Army’s decision to describe Bodh Raj as a civilian instead of their porter.
However, an official handout issued by the Defence spokesman said, Army authorities have promised all possible assistance and help to the family of the deceased.
Reports said Pakistan army opened firing in forward areas of Nowshera sector at 12 noon, targeting forward posts and villages. The Indian side retaliated effectively and exchange of firing continued for about an hour in which Bodh Raj was injured.
Army troops evacuated the injured to hospital but he succumbed to the injuries.
This is the second time in the past three days that Pakistani troops have resorted to unprovoked firing from across the border in Nowshera sector.
On December 24, Pakistani troops targeted forward posts and villages in Keri, Lam, Pukharni and Peer Badesar areas of the sector for five hours from 9.30 am.
Although there was no casualty in the firing and shelling, local authorities had closed all schools within a five-km radius in the affected areas as a precautionary measure that day.


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