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Soldier killed in Poonch as Pak violates ceasefire AGAIN

Last updated on: June 07, 2013 18:35 IST

A Junior Commissioned Officer was killed when Pakistan opened heavy fire with automatic weapons and rockets on Indian posts along the Line of Control in Poonch sector on Friday, in the third ceasefire violation in a fortnight.

One of the rockets hit Lonawali post on the Line of Control in which one splinter hit JCO Naib Subedar Bachan Singh of Garhwal Regiment resulting in his death, a senior army officer said.

“Firing from across through thick forest by Pika gun, RPG and UBGL. One JCO was hit by shrapnel and succumbed,” he said.

The spokesman said 'there was calibrated retaliation from our side. The area has been cordoned off'.

He said that troops have been put on alert and searches in the area are on.”

The latest incident comes barely two days after Nawaz Sharif took oath as Pakistan Prime Minister. Sharif had Thursday vowed to "progressively pursue" normalcy in ties with India while actively seeking solutions to outstanding issues, including Kashmir.

Pakistani troops opened heavy firing with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades on Indian posts along the LoC in Subjian sub-sector of Poonch at around 1 pm, the officer said.

Indian troops retaliated after the unprovoked firing, he said, adding the exchange of fire was continuing till late in the day.

Army suspects that the firing was aimed at providing a cover to infiltrators trying to sneak in the Indian side.

The entire area has been cordoned off and a search operation has been launched, he said.

Earlier, on May 27, Pakistani troops had pounded Indian posts along the LoC in the same Poonch sector with rockets.

A brigadier and two jawans were injured on May 24, when Pakistani troops opened fire on Indian positions along the LoC in the Tutmari Gali sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

Image: A BSF soldier patrols near the India-Pakistan border at Suchetgarh in Jammu and Kashmir

Photograph: Mukhesh Gupta/Reuters

With inputs from PTI

Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar