Army jawan killed in Pak firing in Rajouri

Kashmir Times. Dated: 8/23/2019 11:56:11 PM

JAMMU, Aug 23: An army jawan was killed on Friday as Pakistani army for the fourth consecutive day resorted to unprovoked firing targetting forward Indian border posts and the villages on the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district.
“Naik Rajib Thapa was manning a forward post in Kalsia village of Nowshera sector which came under unprovoked firing from across the border by Pakistan army in the early hours. He sustained fatal injuries in the firing,” said defence spokesperson.
“The soldier was immediately evacuated to a military hospital where he succumbed to injuries. Indian soldiers retaliated effectively to silence the Pakistani guns but the casualties on the Pakistani side were not known immediately,” he added.
“Naik Rajib Thapa, 34, belonged to village Mechpara, district Jalpaiguri, West Bengal and is survived by his wife Khusbu Mangar Thapa. Naik Rajib Thapa was a brave, highly motivated and sincere soldier. The nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty,” said defence spokesperson.
This was the fourth casualty on the Indian side in Pakistan mortar shelling and small arms firing in the twin districts of Rajouri and Poonch since August 17.
A civilian Mohammad Addul Karim was critically injured when a mortar shell, fired by Pakistan army, hit his house at village Dabraj in Mendhar sector late Tuesday night. He later succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.
Same night Mendhar and Krishna Ghati sectors witnessed heavy mortar shelling and firing from across the LoC on Tuesday, resulting in the death of Army soldier Naik Ravi Ranjam Kumar and injuries to four other personnel. Nearly half a dozen houses were also damaged in the Pakistani firing, which had forced closure of schools within the firing range in the two sectors.
On August 17 also, an Indian army jawan had suffered fatal injuries in the Pakistani firing in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district.
On August 15, Pakistan had said its four personnel were killed in Indian firing along the LoC.



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