Army soldier killed in firing along LoC

Jammu: An Army soldier was on Saturday killed in unprovoked firing by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, the Army said.
Pakistan Army troops initiated unprovoked firing on Indian posts from across the border in the Sunderbani sector, prompting the Indian troops guarding the LoC to retaliate strongly and effectively, an Army spokesman said.
Lance Naik Yogesh Muralidhar Bhadane, 22, from Khalane village of Dhule district in Maharashtra, was critically injured in the firing and later succumbed to his injuries.
Bhadane is survived by his wife.
The incident comes just days after a BSF head constable was killed after Pakistani forces “sniped” from across the International Border in Samba district.
In retaliation, the BSF destroyed two Pakistani mortar positions. It also foiled an infiltration bid by killing a Pakistani intruder along the IB near Nikowal Border Out Post (BoP) in Arnia sector.
An army personnel was also killed along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district on December 31 last year.
Meanwhile, a Pakistani intruder was shot dead by the Border Security Force along the Indo-Pak border in Amritsar sector when he crossed over to the Indian territory, an official said on Saturday.
The Ex-17 battalion of the BSF observed suspicious movement of an intruder at Border Outpost Rear Kakkar about 7:55 pm yesterday.
The troops warned the intruder.
“However, he kept on moving towards the border fence in aggressive posture. The BSF troops then opened fire and killed him,” a BSF official said.
“About 600 Pakistani rupee was recovered from the intruder,” he said.
The body of the intruder, about 30 years of age, was handed over to Pakistani Rangers in the evening, the official said.