Soldier killed in Pak shelling along LoC in J&K’s Rajouri

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Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): In yet another intensified spell of ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshehra sector of Rajouri district of Jammu region, a soldier was killed after he was hit by a splinter, defence officials said today.

They said that early morning at around 5am, Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked firing in Kalal area of Nowshera sector. “The Pakistani army fired with small arms and mortar shells,” the officials said. “A soldier was hit by a splinter and was evacuated to army’s command hospital in Udhampur, where he succumbed to his injuries.”

Defence officials said that a befitting response was given to the Pakistani army by Indian troops. Intermittent exchange of fire is still going on along the LoC.

Eye-witnesses said that the intense exchange of fire between the two armies triggered a fresh fear among the border residents of Kalal area of Nowshehra, where people took refuge in underground community bunkers and locked their livestock in cowsheds.

This year, a record number of 1,650 ceasefire violations have been recorded in J&K on LoC where in Pakistan has used small arms to mortal shells besides indiscriminate gunfire, as per security officials. “Every time Pakistan resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation, the army has given them a befitting reply by retaliating effectively,” a defence official said.

NVI recently reported that many border residents in Kashmir and Jammu region were planning to move to safer places if the situation doesn’t improve in the coming days.

-CHK