Jammu, Jan 20: An Indian soldier and three civilians were killed in Pakistan firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.
A Defense official said that Pakistan yet again on Saturday resorted to firing and shelling in Krishna Ghati sector along the Line of Control (LoC). Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively. “However, in the exchange of fire, Sepoy Mandeep Singh was grievously injured and succumbed to his injuries,” he said.
Sepoy Mandeep Singh (23), belonged to Alampur village in Sangroor district of Punjab.
He added that three civilians were also killed in Pakistan firing.
Four people, including a BSF man, were injured as the armies of India and Pakistan continued to exchange heavy fire for the third consecutive day today in three districts of Jammu and Kashmir along the International Border, officials said.
Between 8,000 to 9,000 people living along the IB migrated to safer places and most of them were living with their relatives, the official said.
Over 1,000 people are housed in camps in R S Pura, Samba and Kathua areas, he said.
Educational institutes have been closed for next three days along the IB and the LoC in Jammu region by authorities in wake of increased tension along the Indo-Pak border, officials said.
Two forces’ personnel and as many civilians were killed and 35 others injured in mortar shelling by the Pakistani troops on civilian areas and BoPs along the International Border and the LoC in four districts yesterday, officials said. (CNS)