SRINAGAR: A soldier who was critically injured in a sniper rifle fire by Pakistan at a forward post in Mankore area along the Line of Control in Poonch district succumbed to the injuries, officials said on Thursday.

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They said the soldier, Hawaldar Nirmal Singh, from 10 JAK Rifle suffered serious Injury in right side chest and was immediately removed in a chopper to command hospital in Udhampur. However before he could be admitted, they said, the soldier died. His body was taken back to Poonch and would be handed over to the family for last rites after completion of a postmortem at government Sub District Hospital Mendhar. Confirming it, a police officer told news agency GNS that a case has been registered in this regard.

A defence ministry spokesman here said that Pakistan Army resorted to an unprovoked ceasefire violation on the line of control (LoC) in Krishna Ghati Sector and Indian Army responded strongly.

“In the incident, Hav Nirmal Singh of 10 JAK RIF was critically injured and later succumbed to his injuries,” the spokesman said, adding, “Hav Nirmal Singh was a brave, highly motivated and a sincere soldier. The nation will always remain indebted to him for his supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty.”


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