Jawan killed, 2 injured
JAMMU, June 13: Pakistan Army once again resorted to heavy unprovoked firing in Krishna Ghati sector on the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district this afternoon killing an Army jawan and injuring three others. Body of the deceased Army jawan was still lying in “firing zone’’ of Pakistan Army and hadn’t been retrieved till tonight.
Official sources said Pakistan Army started heavy firing from their forward position targeting Indian posts in Nangi Tekri area of Krishna Ghati sector at 2.15 pm today. Pakistan side used medium to heavy arms fire to target Indian posts.
Initially, the Indian side didn’t retaliate, sources said, adding that troops from this side opened firing after the killing of an Army soldier, manning a forward post in Krishna Ghati sector to silence the guns of the enemy troops.
“When our Army jawans went to forward post to evacuated the injured jawan (who died later), Pakistan Army again opened heavy firing injuring three more soldiers’’, sources said. Three soldiers, who were injured later, have been evacuated from the spot and admitted in the Military Hospital. However, body of deceased jawan Rajinder Singh was still lying at the forward post.
“Troops in the forward area were making efforts to retrieve the body’’, sources said.
Singh had sustained a volley of shots in vital organs of his body before he could be evacuated from his post as Pakistan Army continued to target the same area. A forward Singh was manning had been directly hit by the firing of Pakistani troops.
Three injured jawans have been identified as PP Bakar, Jai Parminder and Balwinder Singh. Condition of Bakar and Palminder was serious.
Firing continued till 7 pm, sources said, adding Pakistani troops stopped firing only after retaliation by the Army from this side.
Situation was very tense in Krishna Ghati sector, sources said, adding top Army officers were monitoring the situation.
During past two weeks, Pakistan Army had violated ceasefire for fourth time in Poonch sector.
Sources said Pakistan Army was desperate to push militants into this side but was unable to do so in view of strict surveillance being maintained on the LoC by the Indian troops.
“It was out of desperation that Pakistan Army was resorting to heavy firing on the Indian posts’’, they said, adding a number of times, Army has lodged a strong protest with Pakistani troops on the hotline over unprovoked firing and ceasefire violation by them.
Tomorrow again, Army was expected to lodge strong protest with Pakistan on the hotline over today’s ceasefire violation and unprovoked firing in which an Army jawan was killed and two others were injured.
Majority of infiltration attempts by the militants in the recent past have also been made in Krishna Ghati and Mendhar sectors of Poonch district. Few days back, three militants had tried to intrude into this side from Janghar area of Nowshera sector in Rajouri district. All infiltration attempts have been foiled by the troops, sources said.
PTI adds from Islamabad:- Pakistani authorities in Islamabad said two civilians, including a woman, were seriously injured in alleged firing by Indian troops in the Battal sector of the Line of Control today.
Police officials at Rawalakot in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir claimed Indian troops fired “without any provocation” at Battal village.
The firing began at 2.55 pm and continued intermittently for about three hours, the officials told state-run APP news agency said.
Two local residents were injured in the firing, police said. The injured were admitted to a military hospital in Rawalakot.
Jawan killed, 2 injured