A soldier was killed and two others injured in Rajouri district’s Naushera sector as Pakistan continued pounding Indian posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.
Confirming reports, defence spokesperson lieutenant colonel Manish Mehta told Hindustan Times that a soldier was killed, but his identity is yet to be ascertained.
“The Indian army is retaliating in equal measure to the unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan army in Naushera sector. They are using 82 mm mortars and automatic weapons,” the lieutenant colonel added.
The Pakistani army has been firing and shelling Indian positions in Krishna Ghati (KG) and Mankote sub-sectors in Poonch district.
According to an intelligence source, an army vehicle moving close to the LoC in Lam area was hit by Pakistani mortar shelling, killing the soldier and injuring the others two at around 1:30 pm on Tuesday.
“Pakistani army is also using weapons locating radars,” the source added.
A senior army officer said Pakistani troops had been firing and shelling targets along the LoC in Naushera sector since 8:45 am.
On Monday, Pakistani troops targeted Mankote and Balakote areas of Mendhar sector in Poonch district.
Tuesday’s death follows that of two soldiers on November 6 after the Pakistani army opened heavy fire in an attempt to facilitate two infiltration bids along the LoC in Krishna Ghati and Poonch sectors. Five soldiers were also injured in the assault.
There has be an onslaught of ceasefire violations since India announced carrying out surgical strikes along the LoC on September 29. The strike was largely seen as India’s response to the militant attack on an army camp in Kashmir’s Uri, in which 19 soldiers died. India blames Pakistan for sheltering the militants who carried out the attack.
There have been over 100 ceasefire violations since.
The worst-ever Pakistani shelling targeting civil population took place on November 1 when eight civilians, including two children and four women, were killed and 22 others were injured along the LoC across Jammu region.