Jammu, Jan 13: In yet another ceasefire violation, Pakistani on Saturday fired unprovoked on the Line of Control in which one jawan attained martyrdom in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Pakistan Army on Saturday afternoon initiated unprovoked firing on Indian Army posts in Sunderbani sector,” defence spokesman here said.
He said that Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively, adding, “however, in the exchange of fire, Lance Naik Yogesh Muralidhar Bhadane, was grievously injured and succumbed to his injuries”.
Lance Naik Yogesh Muralidhar Bhadane, 28, belonged to Village Khalane, District Dhule, Maharshtra and is survived by his wife Punam Yogesh.
The martyred soldier was a brave and sincere soldier. The nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty, he said.
The incident comes just days after a BSF head constable was killed after Pakistani forces “sniped” from across the International Border in Samba district.
In retaliation, the BSF destroyed two Pakistani mortar positions. It also foiled an infiltration bid by gunning down a Pakistani intruder along the IB near Nikowal Border Out Post (BoP) in Arnia sector.
An army personnel was also killed along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district on December 31 last year.
Sepoy Jagsir Singh, 32, was killed when he was shot by Paksitani troops from across the border along the LoC in Rajouri district on the last day of 2017, the year which recorded the highest number of ceasefire violations in the past decade resulting in the death of 35 people, including 19 Army personnel and four BSF men.
India shares a 3,323-km border with Pakistan, of which 221 km of the IB and 740 km of the LoC fall in Jammu and Kashmir.
On December 23, an Army major and three soldiers were killed along the LoC in Rajouri and in retaliatory action, Indian troops killed three Pakistani soldiers in Pakistan- occupied Kashmir two days later.
Meanwhile a teenager got seriously injured on Saturday morning in a mortar shell explosion on the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district.
“One teenager namely Mohammad Iqbal,13, son of Mohammad Rashid, resident of Islamabad sustained serious injuries in shell blast,” official sources here said.
They said the shell was reportedly fired by the Pakistan.
“The shell blast took near Qasba Nala,” they said adding that the injured boy has been rushed to the hospital.