Soldier Killed As Pak Violates Ceasefire In J-K’s Mendhar

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Srinagar: A 25-year-old Indian Army soldier Chandan Kumar Rai lost his life in ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in Mendhar sector in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch on Sunday.

The Indian Army said that they retaliated strongly and effectively after Pakistan initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of mortars, small arms and automatics.

Rai was injured during retaliation and succumbed to his injuries at the military hospital here. He hailed from Uttar Pradesh’s Chandauli district and is survived by his father. International Border was almost calm except a few rounds of shelling in Arnia sector last night, a BSF spokesman said.

He said the firing from across the border stopped in Samba and Kathua districts in the afternoon but was intermittently going on in some areas of Jammu district. The last few mortar shells landed in Arnia sector around 10 pm yesterday without causing any damage.

There was no report of Pakistani firing from anywhere during the night, he said. A police official said barring Shahpur sector, the LoC in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri also remained almost calm as there was no major ceasefire violation by Pakistan since last evening.

Small arms firing from across the border were reported from Shahpur sector of Poonch for a few hours till 4 am, but there no casualty, he said. He said authorities are keeping a close eye on the situation and rushed police teams to affected areas to ensure prompt assistance to the people.

The people were asked to stay indoors and not to touch any suspicious object in their area as it could be an unexploded mortar shell, he said adding the people were also asked to inform police or the Army if any such shell is found so that the same can be destroyed.

The firing from across the border started on Thursday and so far 10 persons two each Army and BSF personnel and six civilians were killed and over 50 others injured. The firing also forced thousands of people to flee their homes and take shelter in rehabilitation camps or with their relatives.

Sunday is the fourth consecutive day of shelling by the Pakistan Rangers in civilian areas and border outposts (BoPs).

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