Jammu, Aug 12: An Army jawan today attained martyrdom while a woman was also killed as Pakistan resorted to unprovoked firing on the Line of Control in Poonch district.
“Pakistan Army this evening at around 1700 hours initiated unprovoked firing on Indian Army posts in Krishna Ghati sector,” defence spokesman here said.
He said that Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively to the cross border firing.
“In the exchange of fire, Naib Subedar Jagram Singh Tomar was grievously injured and later succumbed to his injuries,” he said.
JCO Jagram Singh Tomar,42, belonged to Village Tarsana, PO Porsa, District Morena, Madhya Pradesh and is survived by his Omavati Devi, one son and one daughter.
Tomar, was a brave and sincere soldier.
The nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty, said the spokesman.
Meanwhile a woman was killed in firing by the Pakistani army at border villages and Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch.
“The Pakistani army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatic weapons and mortars from 0515 hours in Poonch sector along the LoC,” a defence spokesman said.
Indian Army personnel guarding the border posts retaliated strongly and effectively. The exchange of fire stopped at 0645 hours, he said.
Around 0520 hours, mortar shells fired from across the border exploded near the house of Mohammad Shabir at Gohlad Kalran village, killing his wife Raqia Bi, a police officer said.
On August 8, the Pakistani troops resorted to firing and shelling in the Krishnagati sector of Poonch district, killing Sepoy Pawan Singh Sugra (21).
Till August 1 this year, there have been 285 instances of ceasefire violation by the Pakistani forces. In 2016, the number was significantly less at 228.