Four Pak posts destroyed
STATE TIMES NEWS
SRINAGAR: Army on Saturday said it has destroyed four Pakistani posts in a massive assault across the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
“Four Pakistani posts have been destroyed in a massive fire assault in Keran Sector,” an army official said.
Heavy casualties have been inflicted on the Pakistani side, he said, without giving further details.
The firing assault comes in retaliation to ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops in the Keran sector earlier in the day, in which one BSF jawan and a civilian woman were injured.
BSF constable Nitin Subhash sustained grievous injuries last evening when an explosion inside the chamber of the long range weapon led to a recoil while he was firing in retaliation to ceasefire violation from across the LoC, BSF IG (Kashmir) Vikash Chandra said.
“Subhash was injured due to recoil and was admitted to a medical facility where he succumbed late on Friday night,” the official said.
Earlier, a top BSF official had said that the jawan was killed in firing by Pakistani troops.
28-year-old Subhash, hailing from Sangli in Maharashtra, had joined BSF in 2008 and is survived by his wife and two sons aged four years and two years.
Pakistan Rangers also violated ceasefire in RS Pura and Kathua sectors along International Border on Saturday.
In Macchil sector, terrorists, aided by the cover fire by Pakistani Army, had last night crossed the Line of Control. They killed an Indian army jawan and mutilated his body prompting the Indian army to warn that “the incident will be responded to appropriately”.
Four army and three BSF personnel have died in the latest escalation along the boundary with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir.
In Friday night’s attack, one militant was also killed.
“In an encounter close to the Line of Control this evening, one soldier was martyred and one terrorist was killed. The terrorists mutilated the body of the jawan before fleeing back into Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir under the cover of firing by Pakistan Army,” an army spokesman had said. He said the incident reflected the barbarism pervading in official and unofficial organisations in Pakistan.
Two civilians were also killed and as many injured yesterday after Pakistani troops pounded civilian areas and forward India posts with 120 mm mortar shells and automatic weapons in Jammu, Kathua, Poonch and Rajouri districts.
BSF on Friday said that it had killed 15 Pakistani soldiers in retaliatory firing along IB so far after the flare up started.
In another case of ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops, one woman was injured in Keran sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, officials said here.
Pakistani troops fired shells from across the LoC to the Indian side early Saturday morning in which one woman — Shaheena Begum — was injured, the officials said.
They said the Indian army retaliated the “unprovoked” Pakistani aggression “in equal measure”.