An army jawan was killed and three others were seriously injured during unprovoked ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Army along the line of control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.
According to sources, Pakistani forces Pakistan resorted to heavy firing and shelling in Shahpur-Kerni sector on Saturday night, drawing strong retaliation by the Indian Army.
In the incident, Sepoy Lungambui Abonmei and three other Army personnel were injured and were immediately evacuated to hospital. Lungambui Abonmei died during treatment, the officials said.
"Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation on the LoC in Poonch sector on Saturday (night). Own troops responded strongly to the enemy fire and in the incident, Sepoy Lungambui Abonmei was critically injured and later died due to his injuries," a defence spokesman said.
He said sepoy Abonmei was a brave, highly motivated and a sincere soldier.
General Officer Commanding @Whiteknight_IA and all ranks salute the braveheart Sepoy Lungambui Abonmei, who made the supreme sacrifice in #PoonchSector on 13 June 2020 and offer condolences to his family. @adgpi@NorthernComd_IA@SpokespersonMoD@LestWeForgetINpic.twitter.com/zFqI6txDdK- White Knight Corps (@Whiteknight_IA) June 14, 2020
This is the third casualty in the Pakistani firing and shelling on forward posts and villages in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri this month.
This morning, Pakistan fired mortars and other weapons in Rampur Sector in Baramulla. The army is giving a befitting response to Pakistan's unprovoked firing.
"On 14 Jun 2020, in the morning hours, Pakistan initiated an unprovoked Ceasefire Violation (CFV) along the LoC in Rampur by firing mortars and other weapons," defence spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia said. This is the second ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Rampur sector and the third in the north Kashmir district in the last three days.
On June 4, havaldar P Mathiazhagan fell to Pakistani firing in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district, while on June 10, Naik Gurcharan Singh lost his life in a similar incident in Rajouri sector.
There is flare up along the line of control on both sides of Peerpanjal mountains. On Friday, a woman was killed and two other people were injured in Pakistani shelling in Uri sector of Baramulla district.
As many as 2027 ceasefire violations by Pakistan have taken place along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir till June 10 this year, news agency PTI reported quoting officials.
The increased violations are being viewed by senior security officials as an attempt by Pakistan to provide fire cover to terrorists sneaking from across the border.
The year 2019 witnessed a total of 3,168 ceasefire violations against 1,629 in 2018.
With inputs from PTI