Army personnel martyred in ceasefire violation in Rajouri

JAMMU: An Indian Army soldier from Tamil Nadu was martyred in the ceasefire violation by Pakistan on the Line of Control (LoC) in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir late on Thursday, officials said on Friday.

A defence spokesperson said havaldar Mathiazhagan P died in the shelling on Thursday night and said he belonged to Sreerangai Kadu village in Tamil Nadu's Salem district.

"Our troops responded strongly to the enemy fire. In the incident, Hav Mathiazhagan P was critically injured. The soldier was evacuated to Army Hospital, where he succumbed to the injuries," Lt Col Devender Anand, the defence spokesperson, said.

Mathiazhagan P was a brave, highly motivated and a sincere soldier, Anand said.

"The nation will always remain indebted to him for his supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty," he added.

His body will be taken by road from Akhnoor to Jammu and then to Delhi in an aircraft.

From the national capital it will be taken to Coimbatore, the official said.

Pakistan also violated the ceasefire in the front sector of Poonch district on Thursday night.


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