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1 dead, 5 injured as Pakistan targets Indian posts in J-K’s Poonch

Pakistan targets Nowshera and Krishna Ghati sectors along LoC, India hits back.

cities Updated: Jun 01, 2017 17:31 IST
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Pakistan on Thursday morning fired at Indian positions in Nowshera and Krishna Ghati.
Pakistan on Thursday morning fired at Indian positions in Nowshera and Krishna Ghati.(HT Photo)

A labourer was killed and five people, including a BSF jawan, injured on Thursday morning in Pakistani shelling along the line of control (LoC) in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Unconfirmed reports claimed a soldier, too, had died but no confirmation had come from the army, police said.

Defence spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta said the labourer with the General Reserve Engineering Force (Gref) was killed in Mankote area of Mendhar in Krishna Ghati sector, which along with Nowshera in Rajouri came under heavy fire from across the LoC early in the morning.

Identity of the deceased has not been ascertained.

The injured Border Security Force head constable was identified as havaldar Mohammed Nizamuddin of 50 BN BSF. He was being treated at an army hospital in Mendhar.

Four Gref personnel were also injured when Pakistan targeted Balnoi area at about 7.30am, Mendhar sub-divisional police officer Riaz Tantray told HT.

Two of the men -- driver Radha Krishan and Pervaiz Ahmed -- were seriously injured and moved to the district hospital in Rajouri. The other two were being treated in a Mendhar hospital.

Gref is part of the Border Roads Organisation, a division of the ministry of defence responsible for the upkeep of road network along India’s frontiers.

Tantray said police had received unconfirmed reports about the death of an Indian soldier in Mankote. “Army hasn’t confirmed it yet,” he said.

Intense shelling was on in the area and was hampering evacuation of villagers. The latest ceasefire violation comes after a lull of two weeks.

Krishna Ghati is the area from where a rogue border action team of Pakistan crossed the LoC, ambushed a patrol and beheaded two Indian soldiers, Paramjit Singh and Prem Sagar, on May 1.

The killings triggered heavy exchanges between the two sides in the twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch.

Three civilians, including a young girl, were killed in Nowshera while 10 people, including four soldiers, were injured in the shelling that continued for a fortnight.

Ceasefire violations along the LoC go up in the summer as snows melts and mountain passes open through which militants sneak into India. Pakistani troops give cover fire to infiltrators.