Published On: Tue, Jul 18th, 2017

Two soldiers martyred in Pakistani shelling along LoC in Kashmir

Jammu: Repeated ceasefire violation by the Pakistani army resulted in martyrdom of two Indian soldiers on at the Line of Control (LoC) in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Rifleman Vimal Sinjali of Gurkha Rifles was killed in sniper fire from across the LoC in Naugam sector

According to defence sources, the Pakistan Army resorted to heavy shelling and firing along several areas of the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir. “This unprovoked aggression by the Pakistani forces lead to authorities shutting down schools and asking civilians to move to safer places in Rajouri district,” said an official.

After resorting to heavy shelling and firing at Indian positions on the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district, the Pakistani Army indulged in similar act by shelling in Rajouri district’s Nowshera sector and Naugam sector of Kupwara district.

According to Defence ministry spokesman, Colonel Rajesh Kalia, Rifleman Vimal Sinjali of Gurkha Rifles was killed in sniper fire from across the LoC in Naugam sector.

Another soldier, identified as Sepoy Jaspreet Singh, was killed in Pakistani shelling in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district.

Defence ministry sources said the Pakistani Army used small arms, automatics and mortars to target Indian positions in Bhawani Jhanger area of Nowshera.

Though the civil administration had closed 16 schools indefinitely in areas close to the LoC in Rajouri district, mobile bullet-proof bunker vehicles were rushed to rescue children trapped in schools in Nowshera sector.

Around 150 students and teachers were evacuated from two schools — from Kadali primary school and Sair middle school in Nowshera.

The district administration in Rajouri has also ordered migration of the civilian population to safer places.

Indian Army has responded to Pakistan aggression in a befitting manner and as night approached, the guns fell silent.


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