Soldier, defence porter martyred in Poonch

| | Jammu

An Indian Army jawan and a defence porter attained martyrdom along the Line of Control in Poonch on Thursday after one of the forward posts in Khari Karmara area was targeted by the Pakistan Army.

At least five soldiers and one defence porter also received splinter injuries in the intense shelling and were airlifted to command hospital in Udhampur for advance treatment. The Indian side also retaliated strongly and effectively. The situation remained tense along the LoC following fresh exchange of firing in the area.

According to field reports, “Pakistan Army initiated ‘unprovoked’ firing on Indian Army posts in Krishna Ghati sector at 10.35 am on Thursday”.

During the exchange of fire, one of the forward posts in Khari Karmara area of Poonch came under direct attack from across the LoC. Intermittent firing in the area continued for several hours during the day triggering panic among the border residents living in the forward areas.

According to Defence Spokesman in Jammu, "Sepoy TK Reddy and Defence Porter Mohd Zahier were grievously injured during the firing and succumbed to their injuries". Six other personnel including one defence porter also sustained injuries and are under medical treatment.

"Sepoy TK Reddy (21), belonged to Village Obulapuram, Tehsil Giddaluru, District Prakasam, Andhra Pradesh and is survived by his mother Gurrumma. Mohd Zahier (22) belonged to Village Kalali, Tehsil Manjakote, District Rajouri, Jammu & Kashmir, Defence Spokesman added.

More than 600 ceasefire violations have been reported from across the LoC and International border this year.

This is the highest number of violations in one single year ever since ceasefire agreement was reached between the two neighbouring countries in November 2003.



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