Soldier killed in gunfight on LoC in Poonch

JAMMU: A soldier was killed in a gunbattle with militants who, aided by the cover fire from Pakistan, tried to cross the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district on Friday, a defence spokesman said.
The Indian Army observed suspicious movement in Krishna Ghati Sector of Poonch district around 2.30 am, he said.
In the ensuing exchange of fire, Sepoy Rahul Bhairu Sulagekar sustained gunshot wounds and was evacuated to the nearest medical aid centre, where he succumbed to injuries.
“The Pakistan Army violated ceasefire and abetted terrorists who were involved in suspicious movement in Krishna Ghati Sector in Poonch district around 2.30 am,” the defence spokesman said.
Sulagekar, 21, belonged to Uchagaon village in Belgavi district of Karnataka. He is survived by his mother.
“He was a brave, highly motivated and sincere soldier. The nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty,” the spokesman said.

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