Updated: November 21, 2020 1:48:31 pm
An army havildar was killed and a naik injured in unprovoked mortar shelling and small arms fire by Pakistani troops during the wee hours of Saturday along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district.
An Army spokesperson Lt Colonel Devender Anand confirmed the news. The Indian troops retaliated befittingly and the exchange of fire continued till 4 am.
Havaldar Patil Sangram Shivaji, who was manning a forward post, was critically injured in the Pakistani firing in the Lam area of Rajouri district’s Nowshera sector around 1 am, the officials said, adding he later succumbed to the injuries. Another soldier also sustained injuries and is currently undergoing treatment at a military hospital, they said.
In a statement, the Indian Army said Havaldar Shivaji, a resident of Nigave village of Kolhapur in Maharashtra, was a brave, highly motivated and sincere soldier. “The nation will always remain indebted to him for his supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty,” it further added. Patil was from the 16 Maratha Light Infantry of the Indian Army. He is the second soldier from Kolhapur district to have lost life in ceasefire violation along the LoC in over a week’s…