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Posted at: Jul 31, 2015, 12:50 AM; last updated: Jul 31, 2015, 12:47 AM (IST)

Sepoy killed in Pak firing

Sepoy killed in Pak firing

Ravi Krishnan Khajuria

Tribune News Service

Jammu, July 30

A soldier was killed in sniper fire by Pakistani troops in Krishna Ghati (KG) sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district, 250 km northwest of Jammu, on Wednesday night. The deceased was identified as sepoy Rachpal Singh of the 22 Sikh Regiment.

“There was unprovoked firing by Pakistani troops on a forward post in the Krishna Ghati sector last night. A soldier who was injured in the firing died around 8:15 pm,” said a Defence spokesperson. He added that Indian soldiers retaliated to the unprovoked and unwarranted act of Pakistani troops.

An Intelligence source said the soldier, who was guarding Parvinder post near Reka nullah along the LoC, was hit by a single sniper shot fired by the Pakistani side around 7:15 pm on Wednesday.

“He sustained critical injuries and was immediately evacuated to the MI room in Jhullas, from where he was shifted to a garrison hospital in Poonch,” he added.

This was the third incident of sniper attack by Pakistani soldiers along the LoC this month. Two Border Security Force jawans were killed in similar incidents along the LoC in the Kashmir valley. There were two other incidents of ceasefire violation along the LoC in the Valley on Wednesday.

Since July 15, the Pakistani army and Rangers had been regularly opening sniper fire and heavy fire on Indian posts and forward villages, but Indian forces had been maintaining restraint.

There were 347 truce violations in 2013 by Pakistani forces, followed by 583 in 2014. This year, the figure had already crossed the 205 mark on the frontiers in the state.

Meanwhile, Pakistan opened unprovoked fire on Indian posts in Krishna Ghati sector around 6:15 pm on Thursday. “The Indian side is responding appropriately. There is no report of loss of life and injury to our men,” said Defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Mehta.

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