An Indian Army soldier was martyred on Tuesday when Pakistan troops resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling and firing in the areas along the Line of Control (LOC) in Mendhar and Krishna Ghati Sectors of Poonch district in Jammu.

In the exchange of fire in Mendhar Sector, Naik Ravi Ranjan Kumar Singh attained martyrdom. Naik Ravi Ranjan Kumar Singh, aged 36 years, belonged to Village Gope Bigha, Tehsil Dehrionson, District Rotasa in Bihar.

In retaliatory action, the Indian Army destroyed Pakistan Army’s installations in which Pakistani soldiers suffered casualties. Army’s spokesman Lt Colonel Devender Anand said Singh was a brave, highly motivated and sincere soldier.

He said the Indian Army responded strongly and effectively. Heavy damage to Pakistan Army posts and casualties to Pakistan soldiers have been inflicted by Indian troops.

Pakistan troops, at about 11 am, initiated ceasefire violation by firing of small arms and shelling with mortars in Krishna Ghati Sector to which Indian Army is retaliating befittingly.

Two Indian soldiers were killed during the past fortnight due to Pakistani shelling. Four Pakistani soldiers lost their lives last week in retaliatory firing by Indian troops.

Pakistani troops have intensified cross-LOC shelling even at civilian areas after the Modi government abrogated Article 370 that provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir. They have been trying to push in terrorists under the cover of border firing.