JAMMU: An Army jawan and a porter attained martyrdom while six other including five soldiers and a porter sustained bullet and splinter injuries, as Pakistani troops fired small arms on forward areas along the Line of Control in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch.
The PRO Northern Command, Col NN Joshi confirmed that it was yet another ceasefire violation by Pakistani army and heavy firing with automatics.
The defence sources also said that the attack was a deadly Border Action Team (BAT) operation by Pakistan involving terrorists by planting an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at LoC.
Talking to The News Now, the defence sources informed that a group of Pakistani army personnel attacked Indian army’s patrolling party from just 200-250 meters at 10:35 am at KG sector and opened heavy firing from two sides.
“Though it was a ceasefire violation too, but it was a planned deadliest BAT like operation, when the Pak army personnel and most probably along with terrorists ambushed Indian patrolling party comprising of 6 soldiers and two porters,” he said and added that there was also a blast in the area, which was IED blast.
He said that it was handiwork of Pak army and a planned attack with planting of an IED in the Indian Territory by Pak sponsored terrorists, adding that the brave soldiers retaliated effectively to the Pak assault but India lost a soldier and an army porter in heavy exchange of firing.
The martyred soldier has been identified as Sepoy TK Reddy whereas the defence porter was identified as Mohd Zahier.
“Both of them were grievously injured in the firing and later succumbed to their injuries,” Col Joshi said.
Sepoy TK Reddy (21) hailed from village Obulapuram, Tehsil Giddaluru, District Prakasam, Andhra Pradesh and is survived by his mother Gurrumma while Mohd Zahier (22) was a native of village Kalali- Manjakote of Rajouri, J&K.
“Sepoy TK Reddy was a brave and sincere soldier and Mohammed Zahir was an honest and dedicated worker,” army officials said and added that nation will always remain indebted to them for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty.
Meanwhile local sources from Poonch said that the injured have been identified as Sep Kedar Gauri Shankar (34) of Solapur Maharashtra, Sep Nitesh Nare (25), NK Rupnar Babasheb Janaku (35) of Distt Ahmednagar Maharashtra, NK R Munthupondi (44) of Tamilnadu and Sep Narendra Kumar (22) of Chatisgarh.
“The condition of the Sep Narendra Kumar is stated to be critical, who suffered a head injury and has been shifted to Command Hospital Udhampur,” sources added.
Here it needs to mention that Pakistan has violated the ceasefire over 600 times so far this year, the highest in the last one decade.
According to reports of Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Pakistani has resorted to unprovoked firing and breached truce more than 600 times till September 30 in which eight civilians were killed and 16 security personnel attained martyrdom.