An Army soldier was martyred on Saturday as Pakistan violated ceasefire by resorting to mortar shelling and small arms firing on forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district, a defence spokesman said. Pakistan had violated ceasefire in Nowshera Sector of Rajouri at 6:30 am on Saturday
The latest ceasefire violation comes two days after Pakistan claimed that its four soldiers were killed in firing by Indian troops on their posts along the LoC.
Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa (35), a resident of Dehradun, sustained fatal injuries in the Pakistani firing in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district, the spokesman said.
He said the unprovoked firing from across the border started at around 6.30 am, prompting strong and effective retaliation by Indian Army guarding the border.
The exchange of fire between the two sides was on when the last reports were received, he said, adding the casualties suffered by Pakistan in the retaliatory action was not known immediately.
Last month, two Army personnel and a 10-day-old baby were killed and several civilians injured in heavy Pakistani shelling and firing in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region
Pakistan on Thursday summoned India's Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia to protest over the alleged ceasefire violations by Indian troops along the Line of Control (LoC) that killed four of its soldiers. The soldiers were killed in retaliatory fire by Indian Forces after Pakistan's aggression from across the LoC. The Indian Army retaliated befittingly to the unproved firing by the Pakistani troops. New Delhi has repeatedly urged Pakistan to "respect" the 2003 ceasefire arrangement between the two countries.
(With agency inputs)