A soldier of the Indian Army was reportedly shot dead in sniper fire from Pakistan on Sunday evening on a forward Indian post along the Line of Control (LoC) in Naushera sector of Rajouri district. Army spokesperson Lt Colonel Manish Mehta confirmed the death.
The jawan was identified as sepoy Sudees Kumar, 24, of the 6 Rajputana Rifles.
“Around 6 pm on Sunday, a single sniper shot fired by Pakistani sniper hit Indian soldier Sudees Kumar of 6 Rajputana Rifles at a forward post in Balakote sector (Poonch district). He died instantly,” said an intelligence official, who did not want to be named.
Poonch is 250 km and while Rajouri is 150 km northwest of Jammu.
The Pakistan Army violated ceasefire in Naushera on Sunday morning from 4.30 to 8 am. Mortars were also fired on Indian posts in the sector claimed Indian Media and Army.
“Around 4.30 am Pak troops opened fire on our posts in Naushera sector prompting us to retaliate in equal measure,” said a senior officer of the Northern Command.
The officer didn’t specify the nature of Pakistani fire, but a local journalist quoted villagers as saying that they woke up to machine gun fire and mortar explosions.
Following the September 18 Uri army base attack that killed 19 soldiers and India’s subsequent surgical strikes on terror launch pads in PoK, there has been a flare-up on the LoC with both nuclear-armed countries intermittently trading heavy fire.
Escalating tensions have even forced both sides to move some of their battalions and artillery close to the border.