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JCO killed in sniper fire, jawan injured
Pak shells Mendhar villages; woman killed
MENDHAR, Aug 12: A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) was killed and a jawan was injured in the sniper fire from across the border while a 40-year-old woman was killed in shelling by the Pakistani army at border villages and Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch district on Saturday.

According to a defence spokesperson, the Pakistani army “initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatic weapons and mortars from 0515 hours in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch sector along the LoC in violation of ceasefire.”

Around 0520 hours, two mortar shells fired from across the border exploded near the house of Mohammed Shabir of Kalran Mohalla in Malakpur Gohlad village, killing his wife Raqia Bi.

“Raqia Bi had just woken up for morning prayers and had come out of her house to wash her hands when she was hit by the splinters of the shell. She died on the spot. Around 7.45 AM, three more shells fired from across the border exploded in their neighbourhood yet this time fortunately there was no casualty,” official sources said.

Indian army guarding the border posts after initial restraint retaliated strongly and effectively. The exchange of fire stopped at 0645 hours, they said.

Official sources told that in the same sector, alert Indian troops had foiled an infiltration bid on the intervening night of August 11 and 12. Following it, Pakistan army resorted to indiscriminate shelling aiming at border villages as well as the forward Indian posts on the LoC, they added.

Later in the evening at around 1700 hours, a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) was killed and a sepoy of 15 Mahar regiment was injured in sniper fires from across the border targeting forward Bala post on the LoC in Mankote sector of Mendhar where they were deployed.

JCO Jagram Singh Tomar, 42, of village Tarsana, post office Porra in Morena district of Madhya Pradesh, hit by sniper fire died on the spot while Sepoy Mohit Kumar was crirtically injured. He was immediately shifted to 425 Field Hospital Poonch.

On August 8 also, the Pakistani troops resorted to firing and shelling in the Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district, killing Sepoy Pawan Singh Sugra (21).

Till August 1 this year, there have been 285 instances of ceasefire violation by the Pakistani forces. In 2016, the number was significantly less at 228.

News Updated at : Sunday, August 13, 2017
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