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Army jawan killed in fresh firing in Keran sector

HT Correspondent and PTI, Hindustan Times  Srinagar/Jammu, October 11, 2013
First Published: 19:01 IST(11/10/2013) | Last Updated: 19:37 IST(11/10/2013)

An Army jawan was killed in a failed infiltration bid in Keran sector along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, army sources said on Friday.

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S Patil, a jawan of 15 Rashtriya Rifles, was injured when infiltrating militants opened fire on army troops, who laid an ambush near the LoC at Sundernali in Keran, they said, adding that the army personnel retaliated, forcing the militants to flee to the other side of the LoC.

Patil was shifted to a medical unit, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The incident comes after a 15-day-long operation by the Indian Army that foiled a massive infiltration bid in Keran sector in Jammu and Kashmir. 

On September 24, around 35-40 militants had reportedly infiltrated into Keran sector. Of them, eight were killed in the operation that got over on October 8.

Meanwhile, a defence spokesperson said Pakistan violated the ceasefire for the third time in less than 24 hours on Friday morning, as troops from the across the border shelled mortars and fired on forward areas along the LoC in Barasingha, Mendhar and Hamirpur sub-sectors of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistani troops also shelled 82 mm mortars. It was after about a month that mortars were fired along the forward posts, the spokesperson added.
The firing started around 8 am and ceased at 5 pm. Pakistani army also opened fire with small automatic weapons, as the Indian troops guarding the borderline with Pakistan took positions, and retaliated with equal calibre weapons, triggering heavy exchanges which are still going on, the spokesman said.

There was no loss of life and property on the Indian side, he added.

Pakistan has been consistently firing along the LoC, though it has stopped shelling mortars. Three civilians along LoC in Poonch district have been injured in the cross-border firing, he said.

On Thursday, Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire and resorted to small arms and automatic weapon firing along the LoC in Mendhar and Bhimbhergali-Balakote sub-sectors in Poonch. “Pakistan Army had again violated the ceasefire on Thursday by unprovoked firing along the LoC from 6.45 pm to 7.25 pm in Krishnagati sub-sector of Poonch district,” the spokesman added.

There have been about 110 incidents of cease fire violations so far this year in Jammu division alone -- the highest in the past eight years.
 
In another incident, intelligence agencies and army units combed the Kirni area along the LoC on Thursday evening, following reports that some suspected persons have planted improvised explosive device (IED), but no explosives were recovered.


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