Family of cross-border firing victim provided exgratia relief

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Jammu: The authorities in Poonch district on Saturday handed over a financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh to the next of kin of a man killed in small arms firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Gulpur sector.
Mohammad Ikhlaq (22), a resident of Kalsan Malti Baghal Dhara village, was killed outside his house when he was hit by a bullet during cross-border firing, raising the death toll in cross-border firing this year to 32, including 16 forces personnel, in over 700 such incidents.
Deputy Commissioner, Poonch, Mohammad Aijaz Asad, along with a team of officers, visited the bereaved family and expressed grief over his death, an official spokesperson said.
He said he also handed over Rs 1 lakh as financial assistance to the family and assured them that more financial assistance under norms would be provided shortly.