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JCO killed in firing by Pakistani troops in Jammu & Kashmir's Rajouri

Paying homage: Security personnel paying tribute to JCO Rajwinder Singh, who was also killed in firing on August 30, 2020.   | Photo Credit: PTI

The Pakistani Army killed a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) in “an unprovoked ceasefire violation” in the Pir Panjal's Rajouri district on Wednesday and opened a new front by shelling in north Kashmir’s Gurez Sector, close to the Drass Sector of the Union Territory of Ladakh.

Also read: JCO killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan

Drass is the only road link connecting the Kashmir Valley with Ladakh and remained very volatile during the 1999 Kargil war.

An official said the officer of the rank of Naib Subedar, a resident of Punjab, was hit by sniper fire from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Keri Sector of Rajouri during the intervening night of September 1-2.

“The Indian Army gave a befitting response”, an official said.

Second casualty in Rajouri

This is the second such casualty in the past four days in Rajouri. Pakistan’s sniper fire from across the LoC killed a JCO in the Nowshera Sector on August 30.

Also read: 2 militants killed, JCO among 3 injured in Kashmir encounter

In cross-LoC shelling and small arms firing, the Pakistani Army opened a new front in the Gurez Sector, first time since February 3 this year.

An official said the Pakistan Army started shelling Bagtore and Tarabal areas around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and continued shelling till 10:30 p.m.

“A total of seven structures, which included five houses and a building of a government school, were partially damaged. A shell damaged the ceiling of the school too”, a senior official said.

The Indian Army also responded “in equal measure”, officials said.

Deputy Commissioner of Bandipora Owais Ahmad told The Hindu, “The local officers have been directed to keep concrete bunkers ready for any evacuation in case of further shelling. Blankets have also been stocked up. Relief is being provided to the damaged private house through the Red Cross. An assessment of the damage have already been undertaken”.

An Army spokesman said the Pakistani Army also violated the ceasefire agreement and fired from small arms and mortars along the LoC in Poonch’s Kirni and Qasba Sectors around 6:45 p.m.

“The Indian Army gave a befitting reply”, he added.

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