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Saturday, Sep 21, 2019

Soldier killed in Pakistan shelling along LoC in J-K

This was the fourth casualty on the Indian side in Pakistan mortar shelling and small arms firing in the twin districts of Rajouri and Poonch since August 17.

india Updated: Aug 23, 2019 14:39 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jammu
An Army personnel was killed on Friday in Pakistani Army firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said
An Army personnel was killed on Friday in Pakistani Army firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said(HT Photo)

A 34-year-old Indian Army soldier was killed on Friday as Pakistan continued to violate the 2003 ceasefire agreement along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, prompting a strong response from the Indian side, a defence spokesperson said.

Naik Rajib Thapa was manning a forward post in Kalsian village of Nowshera sector in Rajouri when it came under fire from across the border early on Friday. The soldier was immediately evacuated to a military hospital where he succumbed to injuries.

“Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC). In the exchange of fire, Naik Rajib Thapa attained martyrdom,” defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand said.

Thapa belonged to Mechpara village of West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district and is survived by his wife Khusbu Mangar Thapa, Anand said.

“Naik Rajib Thapa was a brave, highly motivated and sincere soldier. The Nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty,” he added.

The Indian Army responded strongly and effectively and has inflicted heavy damage to Pakistan army posts, according to Lt Col Anand. “Casualties to Pakistan soldiers have also been inflicted by our troops,” he said.

Pakistani army troops have been regularly violating the ceasefire along the LoC since the Indian government effectively revoked Article 370, which gave Jammu and Kashmir its special status, and carved out two Union territories of Ladakh and J&K on August 5 and 6.

On Tuesday, a soldier died and four of his colleagues were injured in firing and shelling by Pakistani troops in Poonch district.

Last month, two army personnel and a 10-day-old infant were killed and several civilians injured in heavy Pakistani shelling and firing in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region.

The last big ceasefire violation was on July 30 when an infiltration bid was foiled in which four terrorists were killed.

First Published: Aug 23, 2019 12:35 IST