In­dian sol­dier killed in Pak fire

2 BSF per­son­nel in­jured in Ra­jouri district

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTNATION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent Ri­fle­man Varun Kat­tal

JAMMU: An Army sol­dier was killed Satur­day in sniper fire by Pak­istani troops, while two BSF per­son­nel were in­jured in cross­bor­der fir­ing along the Line of Con­trol in Ra­jouri district of Jammu and Kash­mir, of­fi­cials said.

Ri­fle­man Varun Kat­tal (21), a res­i­dent of Mawa-ra­jpura area of Samba district of Jammu and Kash­mir, was shot dead by a sniper from across the bor­der in Sun­der­bani sec­tor, the of­fi­cials said. This was the sec­ond sniper at­tack along the LOC in two days. An Army porter lost his life in a sim­i­lar at­tack in Akhnoor sec­tor on Fri­day.

“At about 0945 hours, un­pro­voked cease­fire vi­o­la­tion was ini­ti­ated by Pak­istan in Sun­der­bani sec­tor in which one sol­dier was shot by a sniper from across the bor­der and later suc­cumbed to in­juries at 11.10am,” a de­fence spokesman said, adding his death will not go in vain. He said the In­dian Army re­tal­i­ated strongly and ef­fec­tively on Pak­istan army posts.

Two BSF per­son­nel man­ning a bor­der out­post in Sun­der­bani sec­tor were also in­jured in an ex­change of fire with Pak­istani troops this evening and were hos­pi­talised, the of­fi­cials said.

On Oc­to­ber 21, three sol­diers of J&K light in­fantry reg­i­ment and two heav­ily-armed in­fil­tra­tors, be­lieved to be mem­bers of the Bor­der Ac­tion Team of the Pak­istani army, and ter­ror­ists, were killed in Sun­der­bani sec­tor.

On Nov 6, a sol­dier was in­jured when he was hit by a sniper from across the bor­der in Noushera sec­tor of Ra­jouri, while a BSF jawan was in­jured in a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent of fir­ing by Pak­istan in the Man­jakote area of the Ra­jouri-poonch sec­tor Fri­day.

The num­ber of cease­fire vi­o­la­tions this year by Pak­istan has been the high­est in the past eight years. The first seven months saw 52 deaths and 232 peo­ple get­ting in­jured in 1,435 cease­fire vi­o­la­tions in the state, ac­cord­ing to an RTI re­ply by the Home Min­istry.

(With agency in­puts)


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