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Indian soldier killed as Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC on Eid

Rifleman Bikas Gurung was killed on Saturday as Pakistan Army violated ceasefire along the LoC in Nowshera sector of Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir.

india Updated: Jun 16, 2018 15:36 IST
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Hindustan Times, Jammu
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Army rifleman Bikas Gurung was injured after Pakistan targeted a patrol party along the LoC and succumbed to his injuries on Saturday.(HT Photo)

The Pakistan army killed an Indian soldier along the line of control (LoC) in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district on Saturday morning, even as residents of both the countries celebrated peace and brotherhood on the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr.

Defence spokesperson Col NN Joshi said the incident occurred when the Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of mortars in Pukherni area, around 700 metres inside Indian territory. “Rifleman Bikas Gurung, who was grievously injured in the exchange of fire, died soon afterwards. Aged 21 years, he belonged to Khunka Khuki village in Manipur. He is survived by his mother, Beana May Gurung,” said Col Joshi.

This was a case of ceasefire violation, not a trans-border raid, he clarified.

Another senior army officer termed the violation of the ceasefire on the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr as “highly unethical and unprofessional”.

“Our troops have exercised maximum restraint in spite of grave provocation. However, we will now give them a befitting response at a time and place of our choosing,” he said, adding that the practice of exchanging sweets between Indian and Pakistani soldiers on the occasion of Eid stands cancelled in view of the ongoing hostilities.

In a related incident, Pakistan Rangers opened small arms fire at the Pittal post of the Border Security Force (BSF) in the Arnia sub-sector of Jammu’s RS Pura on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday. No casualties were reported.

Pakistani nationals arrested

BSF personnel nabbed two Pakistani nationals who reportedly strayed into Indian territory in Samba district on Friday evening.

They were identified as 22-year-old Ahmed, son of Allah Rakha, and 31-year-old Sohail Qamar, son of Mhammed Sharif, residents of Chamana Kalan village in Pakistan’s Sialkot region. Both of them insisted that they were labourers in the neighbouring country.

“The two were apprehended by the 80 Battalion of the BSF near Chak Faqira post around 7.10 pm on Friday,” an intelligence officer said.

BSF personnel recovered Rs 100 in Pakistani currency, besides a mobile sim-card, from their possession.

First Published: Jun 16, 2018 15:00 IST