Soldier Injured As Pak Pounds Jammu Posts

13 August 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria

Jammu: Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi lambasted Pakistan on Tuesday for waging a proxy war against India, the Pakistani Rangers and army pounded Indian forward posts last night and today along the international border in the RS Pura sector of Jammu district and the Line of Control (LoC) in the Balakote sector of Poonch district, leaving an Indian soldier injured. The injured soldier, Naik Nek Ram of 6 Rajputana Rifles, has been referred to 150 Garrison Hospital in Rajouri. 'Around 10 am today, Pakistani troops carried out unprovoked firing using small arms and automatic weapons. Our troops gave a befitting reply to the enemy fire using weapons of similar calibre. However, a soldier was injured in the exchange of fire,' said Jammu-based defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Mehta. No other damage has been reported, he added. However, an Intelligence source confided to The Tribune that Pakistani troops of the 651 Mujahid Regiment fired four to five sniper shots from their Bagicha post on an Indian patrol of around 10 soldiers. 'One of the sniper shots hit Naik Nek Ram. The patrol was moving in the Tarkundi forward area in the Balakote sector,' he said. The source also differed over the timing of incident. He said the incident took place around noon today. The source further divulged that last night for nearly an hour from 9 pm onwards, troops of the 651 Mujahid Regiment had opened unprovoked fire on Indian posts in the Balakote sector. 'They had opened small arms and automatic weapons' fire from their New Digging and Majhar posts on our posts. Though, there were no casualties or injuries on the Indian side, the exchanges were intense for an hour. The Indian troops gave a befitting reply inflicting heavy damage to the defences on the Pakistani side,' he said. The Pakistan Rangers also violated the truce along the international border in the Arnia area of the RS Pura sector of Jammu district. The Rangers again opened unprovoked fire and overnight pounded five BSF posts with 51 mm mortars in Arnia. 'At 9 pm last night a burst of fire came from Pakistani side but we exercised restraint and didn't retaliate,' said a senior BSF officer. Again around 1.30 am, Rangers opened unprovoked fire using mortars and automatic weapons on our Chinaz, Pittal, Kaku-de-Kothe and Tent Guard posts besides civilians areas in the Arnia area, prompting us to give them an equal response, he added. The officer said Rangers used automatic weapons, including heavy machine guns and 51 mm mortars. 'The exchange of fire continued till 4 am,' he said. There was no loss of men or material on our side, he added. Three truce violations in the past 24 hours by Pakistan take the total number of violations this year to 71.