SRINAGAR: An army man and a defence porter were killed in Pakistani troops firing in Ponch sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday while a girl was injured in militants’ grenade attack on beauty parlour in south Kashmir.
Defence spokesman in Jammu, Colonel N Joshi said Pakistani troops breached border ceasefire in Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch district at 10.35 am
“The Pakistani troops fired from automatic weapons and resorted to mortar shelling on army positions and civilian areas,” he said adding the army men effectively returned the fire with similar calibre weapons.
Joshi said during the exchange of fire, seven army men and two defence porters sustained injuries.
“The injured were hospitalised, where sepoy TK Reddy and army porter Mohammad Zahier succumbed to injuries,” he said.
He said other injured are undergoing treatment in the hospital.
Sepoy Reddy, 21, belonged to village Obulapuram, Tehsil Giddaluru, District Prakasam , Andhra Pradesh and is survived by mother Ms Gurrumma.
The 22-year-old army porter Zahier belonged to Village Kalali, Manjakotein Rajouri district of J&K.
The defence spokesman said Sepoy Reddy was a brave and sincere soldier while Zahier was an honest and dedicated worker.
Meanwhile, militants lobbed a grenade towards a beauty parlour in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district this afternoon.
Police sources said militants lobbed a grenade towards the beauty parlour at busy Rajpora chowk in Pulwama district at around 3.45 pm.
They said the grenade exploded outside the parlour, injuring a girl.
Sources said the visitors at the palour escaped unhurt in the blast.
As the policemen rushed to the area to take stock of the situation, a group of youth took to roads and pelted stones on them.
The cops fired tear smoke shells and resorted to baton charge to disperse the protesting youth. The clashes continued for some time.
No militant group has owned responsibility of the grenade attack.
The militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hizbul Mujahideen are active in south Kashmir.