Soldier killed as Pak shells for­ward ar­eas in J&K’s Ra­jouri

CROSS-BOR­DER FIR­ING Hav­il­dar Di­pak Karki is the 4th soldier to die on the Line of Con­trol since June 5

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - NEWS - HT Correspond­ent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­

JAMMU: An In­dian Army soldier was killed on Mon­day in un­pro­voked Pak­istani fir­ing along the Line of Con­trol (LoC) in Ra­jouri district of Jammu and Kash­mir, rais­ing the num­ber of sol­diers who fell to cross-bor­der fir­ing this month to four, of­fi­cials said.

Hav­il­dar Di­pak Karki is the fourth soldier to die on the LoC since June 5.

Pak­istan Army and Rangers per­son­nel also tar­geted for­ward ar­eas and posts along the LoC in Kr­ishna Ghati sec­tor of Poonch and along the In­ter­na­tional Bor­der in Hi­rana­gar sec­tor in Kathua district, prompt­ing strong re­tal­i­a­tion by the In­dian forces, the of­fi­cials said.

“Pak­istan army re­sorted to un­pro­voked cease­fire vi­o­la­tion along the LoC in Now­shera sec­tor of Ra­jouri, caus­ing crit­i­cal in­juries to Hav­il­dar Di­pak Karki who later suc­cumbed to his in­juries,” de­fence spokesper­son Lt Col Deven­der Anand said.

He said the fir­ing from across the bor­der in the sec­tor started at 5:30 am and was re­sponded ef­fec­tively by the In­dian Army. How­ever, it was not im­me­di­ately clear if there was any ca­su­al­ties on the Pak­istani side in the re­tal­ia­tory ac­tion, the of­fi­cer said.

“Hav­il­dar Karki was a brave, highly mo­ti­vated and a sin­cere soldier. The na­tion will al­ways re­main in­debted to him for his supreme sac­ri­fice and de­vo­tion to duty,” the spokesper­son said.

Two sol­diers were killed in Pak­istani fir­ing in Ra­jouri district on June 4 and 10, while an­other soldier fell to cross-bor­der fir­ing in Poonch on June 14.

Pak­istan’s army has vi­o­lated the cease­fire more than 1,400 times this year. Last year, there were 3,168 cease­fire vi­o­la­tions and 1,629 in 2018


SRINAGAR: Mil­i­tants hurled a grenade at a Cen­tral Re­serve Po­lice Force (CRPF) camp in Jammu and Kash­mir’s Pul­wama district on Mon­day night, but there was no ca­su­alty, of­fi­cials here said.

The grenade ex­ploded near the camp, they said.

“Mil­i­tants hurled a grenade at the CRPF camp at Bata­gund in Tral area at around 8.30 pm. It went off, but there no fa­tal­i­ties,” po­lice of­fi­cials said.

The CRPF per­son­nel fired a few rounds in the air fol­low­ing the blast as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure. No loss of life or in­jury to any­one was re­ported in the in­ci­dent.

The fir­ing started at 5:30 am and the In­dian Army re­tal­i­ated ef­fec­tively. It was not im­me­di­ately clear if there was any ca­su­al­ties on the Pak­istani side.

LT COL DEVEN­DER ANAND, de­fence spokesper­son

Hav­il­dar Di­pak Karki

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