Pak Army shells LoC areas in Rajouri, Poonch

Jawan injured in Pak firing succumbs


JAMMU, Feb 11: An army jawan, who was injured in cross-border shelling by Pakistan, died at a military hospital in Udhamur district today, taking the toll in the incidents of ceasefire violations this year to 20, an official said.
Gunner Kishore Kumar Munna had suffered splinter injuries in Pakistani shelling along the Line of Control in Shahpur sector of Poonch district on February 4 and was taken to the command military hospital at Udhampur for specialised treatment, an army officer said.
After battling for life for a week at the hospital, the jawan, who was from Barmaha village of Chautham in Bihar, breathed his last today, he said.
He said a ceremonial farewell with full military honours would be held at Nagrota here tomorrow following which the mortal remains of the jawan would be take to Patna in an aircraft and then to his home town via road on February 13.
Munna is survived by his mother Tolu Devi, the officer said adding, he was a brave and sincere soldier.
"The nation wijll always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty," he said.
With his death, the toll in the Pakistani shelling from across the LoC and International Border (IB) has gone up to 20, which include nine civilians. Over 75 people were also injured in such incidents.
However, Pakistani troops launched heavy mortar shells and fired at civilian areas along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri and Poonch districts for the fourth consecutive day today, police said.
A police official said Pakistani troops launched heavy shells in Tarkundi, Naika, Panjgrain, Khorinar and Rajdhani villages of Manjakot in Rajouri and nearly half a dozen villages in Balakote sector of Poonch this morning.
There was no casualty in the firing in Manjakot and Balakote sectors today, the official said.
He said Indian troops guarding the LoC also fired in retaliation and the firing stopped from both sides around 1 pm.
A woman, Parveen Akhter (65), was killed when she was hit by a bullet fired by Pakistani troops along the LoC in Lairan village of Noushera around last night.
Besides, Pakistani troops also launched mortar shells in Khadi Karmara and Chakan Da Bagh forward areas in Poonch yesterday.
Last night, Parveen Akhter was killed in firing by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control. They had fired in Khadi Karmara and Chakan Da Bagh forward areas in Poonch district.
On February 9, three Army jawans were injured in intermittent firing and shelling by Pakistani troops along the LoC in Poonch district.
On February 8, a 45-year-old woman was killed in shelling by the Pakistani troops along the LoC in the Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch.
Ten security personnel and nine civilians were killed and over 75 injured in Pakistani shelling along the LoC and the International Border in Jammu region this year.

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