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Indian soldier killed in overnight firing along LoC

Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, October 28, 2013
First Published: 10:31 IST(28/10/2013) | Last Updated: 13:18 IST(28/10/2013)

An Indian Army officer was killed and another injured along the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir’s Uri sector after a fresh ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday.

A junior commissioned officer, Prakash Chander, was killed in the firing, according to army officials. Chander, a native of Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand, belonged to the Kumaon Regiment.

Army spokesman Naresh Vij told Hindustan Times that the firing took place near Kaman post, the place where the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus crosses the LoC.

“It was around 12am that the patrol party was fired upon by Pakistani soldiers in which one of our officers was killed,” Vij said, adding that the Indian Army has lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over the hotline.

The Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service has been suspended following the incident.

The repeated ceasefire violations by the Pakistan army have triggered fear and panic among civilians in the border areas, mostly in Jammu region of the state, forcing them to migrate to safer places.

Last week, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah had said the ceasefire violations cannot be tolerated and that the Centre should explore “other options” in case the attacks continue.

"Obviously this cannot be one-sided affair. It cannot be a situation where we are at the receiving end and no response is given," he had said.


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