JK: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Poonch sector

Pakistan provokes again violates ceasefire in J&K's Poonch sector heavy firing underway

Jammu: Two Indian Army soldiers were martyred by a Pakistani BAT team on Thursday on the LoC in Chakan da Bagh sector in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir but in the fierce cross-firing two terrorists were also killed by the army in the sector during a foiled infiltration bid. This is the third such BAT attack in the Poonch region this year.

Army sources said the infiltrators were spotted and engaged in a firefight "The infiltrators were fired upon".

Two jawans were, however, killed in the exchange of fire. The slain soldiers were identified as Naik Sandip Jadhav and Sepoy Savan Mane. "Pakistan's BAT team was 600 metres within the Indian side of the LoC and 200 metres from the Indian posts", the official said.

That attack too was carried out under the cover of shelling by the Pakistani troops.

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In February 2000, seven months after the Kargil War, a Pakistani BAT killed seven Indian soldiers in Nowshera in Rajouri district. In a unsoldierly act by the Pak Army, the bodies of two of our soldiers in the patrol were mutilated.

In January 2013, Lance Naik Hemraj was killed and his body mutilated by a BAT. Constable Rajinder Singh of the BSF battalion had suffered injuries in the attack.

A group of militants tried to sneak in from Pakistan- administered Kashmir but the bid was foiled by the alert troops, an Army official said. "The operations are in progress and heavy exchange of fire is going on", he added.

He said there were at least two intruders, one of whom has been killed.