One day after Indian army killed allegedly killed a Pakistani Ranger, two Indian army personnel were killed and two others injured when Pakistani troops allegedly opened fire on a patrol party in Mendhar sector on Tuesday.
While confirming the incident Sub Divisional Police Officer, Mendhar Amit Bhasin said two troops of the 3 Rajputana rifles were killed while two others were injured in the ceasefire violation. He said the injured have been airlifted to Command Hospital Udhampur for treatment.
The deceased personnel were identified as Lans Naik Hem Raj and Lans Naik Sudhakar Singh of 3 Rajputana Rifles. However, the army has not yet reported the incident to the police, official sources said.
Army’s Udhampur-based Northern Command came out with a statement terming the attack as a ‘significant escalation’ to the continuing series of ceasefire violations and infiltration attempts supported by Pakistan army.
“A group of their regular soldiers intruded across the Line of Control in the Mendhar sector on January 8. Pakistan army troops, having taken advantage of thick fog and mist in the forested area, were moving towards our posts when an alert area domination patrol spotted and engaged the intruders,” it said.
“The fire fight between Pakistan and our troops continued for approximately half an hour after which the intruders retreated towards their side of LoC. Two soldiers Lance Naik Hemraj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh laid down their lives while fighting the Pakistani troops,” it said without giving any further details.
This is yet another ‘grave provocation’ by Pakistan army which is being taken up sternly through official channels, the statement said.
The incident took place a day after one Pakistani army personnel was reportedly killed in another ceasefire violation in Uri Sector. Pakistan blamed Indian troops for crossing the LOC, an allegation India has denied that evening.