Major escalation along LoC, 5 soldiers, 4 civilians killed in Pak shelling; several injured
In a major escalation along the Line of Control, five security forces personnel, including a BSF sub-inspector, were killed on Friday in multiple ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops. Four civilians have also been killed in the multiple ceasefire violations reported from Gurez sector to Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said adding that many others have been injured.
Indian Army sources said befitting reply was given to the Pakistani side. Around 10 to 12 Pakistan Army soldiers have been injured in the Indian Army firing. A large number of Pakistan Army bunkers, fuel dumps and launch pads have been destroyed.
Army officials have said that the troops have foiled the infiltration attempt by the Pakistani side — the second attempt within a week.
Watch: Soldiers, civilians killed in Pak shelling along LoC, several injured
Among the five security personnel, three Army soldiers were killed in the Pakistani firing in Uri, and the BSF sub-inspector was also killed in Haji Peer sector. SI Rakesh Doval (39), deployed at the force’s artillery battery at the LoC in Baramulla, sustained severe head injuries to which he later succumbed. One died of his injuries late on Friday night.
Apart from various places in Uri, the ceasefire violations were reported from Izmarg in Gurez sector of Bandipora district and Keran sector of Kupwara district.
A defence spokesman said these ceasefire violations were part of an infiltration bid, which the Army managed to foil.
“Suspicious movement was observed by our troops at the forward posts along the LoC in Keran sector (in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district) today. The suspected infiltration bid was foiled by alert troops,” Srinagar-based defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said. “They fired mortars and other weapons. Befitting response is being given,” he said.
A resident of Rishikesh in Uttarakhand, Rakesh Doval joined the border force in 2004. He is survived by his father, wife and nine-year-old daughter.
The earlier unsuccessful bid in Machil sector during the intervening night of November 7- 8 was foiled in which three militants were killed.
(With PTI Inputs)