1 army soldier killed, 2 injured as Pakistan shells forward posts in J-K’s Poonch
An Indian Army soldier was killed, the third personnel to die in the region this month, after Pakistan violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, police and defence officials said on Sunday.
Two other soldiers were also injured late on Saturday after the heavy shelling by Pakistan in Poonch district Shahpur-Kirni sector, they said.
Ramesh Kumar Angral, the senior superintendent of police (SSP) of Poonch, said 29-year-old Sepoy Lungambui Abonmei died in the shelling and sepoys Lienkhothien Senghon and Tangsoik Kwianiungar were injured, Angral said.
The injured soldiers have been airlifted to the Command Hospital in Udhampur for further treatment, he added.
All the three soldiers belong to the 10th Battalion of Assam Regiment.
Before this, Havaldar P Mathiazhagan fell to Pakistani firing in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district on June 4 and Naik Gurcharan Singh lost his life in a similar incident on June 10 in Tarkundi sector that runs along the Rajouri and Poonch districts.
Lt Col Devender Anand, the defence spokesperson, said the Pakistan army resorted to an unprovoked ceasefire violation on LoC in Poonch sector on Saturday.
“Own troops responded strongly to the enemy fire. In the incident, Sepoy Lungambui Abonmei was critically injured and later succumbed to his injuries,” Anand said.
“Sepoy Lungambui Abonmei was a brave, highly motivated and sincere soldier. The nation will always remain indebted to him for his supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty,” he added.
Pakistan also violated the ceasefire in Rampur sector of Baramulla district on Sunday morning.
“A befitting response is being given,” the Indian Army said.
Indian and Pakistani troops have been exchanging gunfire and mortar shelling along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir almost every day now.
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