Pak soldier killed, India returns body

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 15, 2013 14:11 hrs

Srinagar/New Delhi, Feb 15 (IBNS): A Pakistani soldier who had crossed into Indian territory was shot dead by Indian forces in a gunfight after he opened fire and injured two soldiers, the Indian army confirmed, adding that the body of the trooper was returned to Pakistan on their request.

Pakistan on Thursday had claimed that one of its soldiers had "unintentionally" crossed the Line of Control (LoC).

Speaking to IBNS, Indian Army spokesperson Colonel Jagdeep Dahiya said the Pakistani soldier was killed after he attacked Indian troops in the Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir at around 3 pm on Thursday.

"The Pakistani soldier opened fire on Indian soldiers and injured two of our jawans. Indian forces retaliated and he was shot dead. The incident happened around 3 pm yesterday," he told IBNS over telephone.

India later returned the body of the soldier to Pakistan.

"On 14 Feb at approx 1500 hours, own troops at Laam post in Rajouri sector observed suspicious movement along the Indian side of LC. On being challenged by a patrol party, the infiltrator opened indiscriminate fire injuring two jawans," said Dahiya.

"In the ensuing encounter the infiltrator was killed and one AK-56 rifle along with some other warlike stores recovered. The body of the deceased was later handed over to the J&K Police (PS Naroka)," he said.

Dahiya said: "On 15 Feb at approx 1000 hrs, the Pakistan DGMO made an unscheduled call to the Indian DGMO requesting for the soldier's body to be returned. Acceding to this request, the dead body was returned to Pakistan Army personnel in the same sector in the evening with military respects."

"It is also pertinent to note that Pakistan troops violated the ceasefire by resorting to heavy unprovoked automatic fire on Indian posts in Mendhar Sector from 2000-2100Hr on 14 Feb 2013," he said.

Pakistani had said that one of its soldier had "lost his way" on Thursday afternoon and traversed into Indian land.

The incident comes in when both countries have recently indulged in trading fresh charges of firing and ceasefire violations along the 742-km Line of Control.

On January 8 two Indian soldiers were killed by Pakistani troops near the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir´s Poonch sector. One of them was beheaded and his head was apparently carried away by the attackers.

The incident had sparked a furore in India and a souring of fragile ties between the two nuclear-armed neighbours who have fought three wars since gaining independence.

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