Army jawan martyred in Pak firing along LoC in Rajouri

RAJOURI: An Army personnel was martyred on Friday in Pakistani Army firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. 

Naik Rajib Thapa attained martyrdom. Naik Rajib Thapa, aged 34 years belonged to Village Mechpara, District Jalpaiguri, West Bengal and is survived by his wife, Khusbu Mangar Thapa. Naik Rajib Thapa was a brave, highly motivated and sincere soldier. The Nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty.

He was manning a forward post in Kalsia village of Nowshera sector which came under unprovoked firing from across the border in the early hours, the officials said. 

The soldier was immediately evacuated to a military hospital where he succumbed to injuries. 

Indian soldiers retaliated effectively to silence the Pakistani guns but the casualties on the Pakistani side were not known immediately, the officials said. 

This was the fourth casualty on the Indian side in Pakistan mortar shelling and small arms firing in the twin districts of Rajouri and Poonch since August 17.

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