Army Jawan Killed, 3 Injured In Pak Firing, Blast On LoC

18 May 2014
The Daily Excelsior
Sanjeev Pargal

Jammu: In first major incident of firing on the Line of Control (LoC) after the election of Narendra Modi led NDA Government at the Centre, Pakistan Army today opened firing on the troops, who had gone to the LoC to rescue their colleague, who had been injured in a mine blast, killing one of the soldiers and wounding two others in forward area of Jogwan falling under the jurisdiction of Khour police station in Pallanwalla sector. The firing from Pakistan side continued till 7 pm leading to panic among the villagers in forward areas. Official sources said an Army jawan was injured when he stepped over a landmine when a team of the jawans was examining border fencing in the forward area at 10.20 am today. Army jawan Havaldar Vinod Kumar of 4 Engineers was injured in the blast. Sources said when a team of the Army jawans went to forward area to rescue their injured colleague and shift him to hospital, Pakistan Army personnel opened firing on them causing injuries to three more jawans. The Indian side retaliated to silence the Pakistani guns. One of the injured jawans identified as Sepoy Bhikale Uttam Bolu of 2nd Maratha succumbed to his injuries. Late, more troops reached the border village and evacuated the injured Army jawans including Vinod Kumar and Lance Naik Amul Kumar of 2 Engineers. They were airlifted to Military Hospital in Udhampur in view of serious injuries suffered by them. One of the injured had sustained minor injuries. Sources said Pakistan Army continued firing till late this evening in Jogwan area of Pallanwalla sector. The Indian side retaliated. Tension gripped village Jogwan in Pallanwalla sector after firing by the Pakistani troops. However, normalcy was restored late this evening when the firing stopped. Sources said Indian Army would lodge a strong protest with Pakistan over their unprovoked firing on the Army jawans, who had gone to rescue their injured colleague in the forward area. This is for the first time after Narendra Modi stormed to power that Pakistan Army has resorted to misadventure and opened direct firing on the troops killing one of the jawans and injuring three others. Meanwhile, Army foiled an infiltration attempt by three militants at Bhimber Gali (BG) sector in Poonch district this morning. Army spokesman Col Manish Mehta said alert troops observed movement of three militants moving toward Indian side along the LoC in BG sector at 8.30 am today. The militants were equipped with heavy arms, ammunition and explosives. The Army opened firing on the militants when they came close towards the LoC. The militants also fired few rounds in an attempt to infiltrate into this side but retreated to Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) after few minutes of firing. The militants had been launched by the Pakistan Army but they didn't open firing during the infiltration attempt. Sources said the intrusion bid by the militants was made when the weather was foggy and it was raining in BG sector. The militants wanted to take advantage of foggy weather conditions to infiltrate into this side but failed. Army conducted searches in the area after thwarting the intrusion bid and recovered a sophisticated Improvised Explosive Device (IED), planted by the militants on the LoC to cause casualties of the Army jawans. However, troops averted the tragedy by recovering the IED and neutralizing it. Col Mehta said no casualties or damage was reported on the Indian side in the firing by the militants. During past about one month, Pakistan Army has violated ceasefire on the LoC in twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch several times to give cover to the infiltrators. However, Army has not allowed any infiltration attempt to succeed. In one such attempt, two militants were gunned down by the troops.