Indian, Pakistani troops clash on LoC — 2 jawans martyred, 1 terrorist killed
Following the attempt of armed intrusion by Pakistan's Border Action Team (BAT) in Poonch which was foiled earlier today, former union home secretary and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP R.K. Singh on Thursday hailed the Indian patrolling team at the border, citing that it makes it hard for the Pakistan Army to enter.
Army sources said the infiltrators were spotted and engaged in a firefight "The infiltrators were fired upon".
While the firefight was going on, the Pakistani posts resorted to heavy firing. In retaliatory action undertaken by the Indian security forces, two BAT militants were also killed. The martyred soldiers have been identified as Naik Jadhav Sandip and Sepoy Mane Savan. Two Indian soldiers died during the initial exchange of fire.
The Indian and Pakistani troops on Thursday traded heavy gunfire after the Pakistan Army indulged in heavy shelling and firing on Indian positions on the Line of Control in Chakan da Bagh sector. "Pakistan's BAT team was 600 metres within the Indian side of the LoC and 200 metres from the Indian posts". Indian troops effectively retaliated to the firing, he said.
On October 28, last year, militants attacked a post and killed an Indian Army soldier and mutilated his body close to the Line of Control (LoC) in the Machil sector.
A group of militants tried to sneak in from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir but the bid was foiled by the alert troops. The Indian troops killed one armed intruder, whose body "is within visual reach", he said.
The operation is in progress, the official said, adding further details were awaited.