The Hush Post / 07:00pm / 1-min-read
An Indian Army soldier, Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa from Dehradun, was killed on Saturday as Pakistan resorted to mortar shelling and firing on forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district, a defence spokesman said.
This is the first reported incident of loss of life in cross-border firing across LoC after Article 370 was revoked in J&K by the Indian government a few days ago.
Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa (35) had sustained serious injuries in the Pakistani firing in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district and succumbed to his injuries in the hospital, an army spokesman said. Thapa had been serving the Indian Army for the last 15 years.
The unprovoked firing from across the border had started around 6.30 am on Saturday.
In retaliation, the Indian army destroyed a Pakistani post, according to latest reports.
Saturday’s ceasefire violation comes two days after Pakistan claimed that four soldiers of the Pakistan Army were killed in firing by Indian troops.
Meanwhile, over 50,000 landline phone connections have been restored in parts of the Kashmir Valley, nearly two weeks after severe restrictions were imposed in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of the government’s big move to abrogate Article 370 in the state.
The Jammu and Kashmir police said the prohibitory orders, banning large gatherings, have been relaxed in parts of the valley for the time being.
Schools in the state are likely to reopen next week, officials said.