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Army porter killed in firing by Pak troops along LoC in J-K's Rajouri

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

An was killed Friday when Pakistani troops continued ceasefire violations for the fourth consecutive day along the LoC in and districts of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting the Indian to retaliate, officials said.

Hemraj was critically injured when Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing in Sunderbani Sector of district, PRO Defence Lt ColDevender Anand said.

He was provided immediate and medical aid, but he succumbed to the gunshot wounds, he said.

The Army will provide all possible assistance to the family of martyred porter, the PRO said.

troops also resorted to firing and shelling along the LoC in forward areas of the district, the officials said.

Indian troops guarding the borderline retaliated strongly, resulting in exchange of firing on the both sides, they said.

The year 2018 had witnessed 2,936 ceasefire violations by along the Indo-Pak border, the highest in the last 15 years.

The continuous shelling and firing by targeting villages has set in fear psychosis among the border dwellers, the officials said.

Pakistani troops resorted to firing and shelling along the LoC in eight out of ten days of this month, they said.

On Thursday, Pakistan resorted to firing and shelling in two sectors of and Poonch resulting in to an Army and a BSF jawan in the Tarkundi forward areaof Balakote sector.

On Wednesday, Pakistan troops resorted to firing and shelling in the Kalal forward area in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district and small arms and heavy caliber weapons besides shelling in Poonch sector, the officials said.

Despite repeated calls for restraint and adherence to the ceasefire understanding of 2003 for maintaining peace and tranquility at Indo-Pak flag meetings, Pakistan continues to violate the ceasefire, they said.

Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, Lt Gen had on Monday visited forward areas along the LoC and reviewed security situation of Jammu and Rajouri districts.

Lt Gen Singh accompanied by the Lt Gen also visited forward posts of Rajouri and Akhnoor sectors to review the operational preparedness and the prevailing security situation, the officials said.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 21:20 IST