Jawan dies, another injured in cylinder blast inside camp
State Times News Jammu: A soldier was martyred on Sunday when Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by targeting forward posts and villages with heavy caliber weapons and rockets along the Line of Control in Poonch and Rajouri districts, a defence spokesperson said. The Indian Army retaliated strongly, inflicting adequate damage and casualties to Pakistani troops, Jammu-based Public Relations Officer (Defence), Lt Col Devender Anand said. He said that Grenadier Hari Bhakar, a resident of Rajasthan’s Nagaur district, was seriously injured and admitted to the nearest field hospital, but succumbed later, taking the number of Army personnel martyred since last week to three. On March 18, rifleman Karamjeet Singh was martyred in Pakistani firing in Rajouri district, while rifleman Yash Paul attained martyrdom unprovoked firing by Pakistan troops in the same sector on March 21. Col Anand said that heavy caliber weapons and rockets were also fired from across the border in unprovoked firing by Pakistan troops in Poonch sector on Saturday evening. “Our troops retaliated in strong measure inflicting adequate damage and casualties to Pakistani army,” he said. Officials said that Grenadier Bhakar was guarding a forward post in Shahpur area and was critically injured in the cross-border firing, which continued intermittently throughout the night. A wreath laying ceremony was held in northern Army headquarters at Udhampur to pay tribute to him, the officials said, adding that his mortal remains were transported in a service aircraft from Udhampur to Jaipur. Lt Col Anand said Pakistan also initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by shelling mortars and firing of small arms along the LoC in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district around 11.50 am. The border skirmishes witnessed a spurt after India’s air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26 in response to the February 14 Pulwama attack that martyred 40 CRPF personnel. Four civilians, including three members of a family, also have been killed and several others injured as Pakistan, since then, has targeted dozens of villages in over 125 incidents of ceasefire violations along the LoC. The year 2018 witnessed the highest number of ceasefire violations — 2,936 — by Pakistani troops in the last 15 years along the Indo-Pak border. Pakistan continues to violate the 2003 ceasefire agreement with India despite repeated calls for restraint and adherence to the pact during flag meetings between the two sides.
Meanwhile, an Army soldier was killed this afternoon while another injured when a gas cylinder exploded inside a camp in Kathua district, police said.
The incident occurred when the soldiers were carrying a gas cylinder inside their barrack in Janglote army camp in the afternoon, a police official said.
He said that Naik Deepank Twang (35) of Darjeeling was killed and another soldier was injured in the blast.
After completion of legal formalities, the body of the deceased was handed over to his unit for last rites, the official said.
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