An Indian Army soldier was killed as Pakistan violated ceasefire by resorting to mortar shelling and small arms firing on forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district earlier on Saturday.

The Indian Army informed that Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa (35), a resident of Dehradun, sustained fatal injuries in the Pakistani firing in Rajouri’s Nowshera sector.

The unprovoked firing from across the border started at around 6.30 am, prompting strong and effective retaliation by Indian Army guarding the border.

Reports said that a Pakistani post opposite the Rajouri sector was hit in action by the Indian Army.

The exchange of fire between the two sides was on when the last reports were received, a defence spokesman said, adding the casualties suffered by Pakistan in the retaliatory action was not known immediately.

The latest ceasefire violation comes two days after Pakistan claimed that it lost three of its soldiers on the LoC firing by Indian forces, which was vehemently denied by India. India also denied Pakistan Army’s claim about five Indian soldiers getting killed in an exchange of fire on August 15.

The claims made by Pakistan’s Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) were termed as fictitious by an Indian Army officer.

Indian Army had on Friday said that Pakistan has upscaled ceasefire violations both in terms of weapon and area to invite global attention.

Last month, two Army personnel and a 10-day-old baby were killed and several civilians injured in heavy Pakistani shelling and firing in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region.