Jawan killed in CFV along LoC

TNN Bureau. Updated: 12/31/2017 11:27:23 PM

JAMMU: On the last day of the year which saw the truce along Line of Control breached for highest time in one decade, Pakistani troops on Sunday violated the ceasefire twice in Rajouri and Poonch districts, with an Army jawan attaining martyrdom in Noushera sector. A senior police official said the jawan, posted in a forward area in Noushera sector of Rajouri, was killed when he was hit by a bullet from across the border on Sunday.
"Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing on forward Indian positions in Rajouri district to which the Indian troops retaliated strongly and effectively during wee hours on Sunday. However, an Army jawan got grievously injured in the exchange of fire and later succumbed to injuries," a senior police official said, adding that the firing from across the border had started around 1 am and continued till 5.30 am.
The martyr has been identified as Sepoy Jagsir Singh, 32, of village Lohgarh Thakhran Wala in Ferozepur district of Punjab. He is survived by his wife Mohinder Pal Kaur, two daughters and a son.
The Pakistani troops also fired indiscriminately in Digwar sector of nearby Poonch district.
"Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling and small arms fire in Poonch this evening, though there were no casualties," Sources said, adding that the firing from across the border started at 4.50 pm and the Indian troops returned fire strongly.
The twin violations of ceasefire have come a day after Army Chief General Bipin Rawat reviewed the operational preparedness of the force here and the prevailing security situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed a total of 881 ceasefire violations this year, highest in the past seven years, along the LoC and the International Border resulting in the death of 34 people.
According to officials, Pakistan has violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir 771 times till December 10, and 110 times along the IB till November-end.
In these incidents of firing from across the border, 30 people -- 14 Army personnel, 12 civilians and four BSF personnel -- were killed.

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