Army JCO killed in Pak firing along LoC in J&K’s Rajouri

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Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): An Indian Army Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) was today killed in unprovoked firing by Pakistani troops along Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshehra sector of Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir, defence officials said.

They said that Pakistan resorted to ceasefire violation early this morning today and used small arms at Kalsiyan, Khanger, Bhawani areas along the LoC in Nowshera sector of Rajouri. “A soldier sustained bullet injuries at Kalsiyan sector. He was immediately removed to the Army facility, but he succumbed,” a defence official said.

He said that the slain army personnel was deployed on a forward post at the Kalsiyan sector. The fresh casualty on the Indian side has further increased the tensions between the armies on two sides. The defence official said that Indian army was giving a befitting reply to the Pakistan side. This year, so far 1800 CFV violations have been recorded along the LoC in both regions of Kashmir and Jammu.

According to defence officials, this year has recorded maximum CFVs so far in the past four years. The Pakistani army has been frequently resorting to unprovoked CFV along LoC post abrogation of Article 370 on August 5 last year. Since January this year, there has been an increase in the CFVs from the Pakistani side that has claimed lives of at least eight civilians, damaged property worth lakhs including livestock. The Army too has suffered huge losses.