A soldier was killed and another wounded when Pakistan used sniper attacks along the Pir Panjal Poonch control line for the third consecutive day on Monday, bringing the balance to three.
"The Pakistani army resorted to an unprovoked ceasefire violation in the Krishna Ghati area of Mendhar on the LoC around 5:15 pm. Monday, resulting in the death of a soldier and serious injuries, said Lt. Col. Devender Anand, Jammu-based army spokesman, at The Hindu.
The army said that she "had carried out energetic and effective reprisals on Pakistani army posts". "The martyrdom of the Indian army soldier will not go in vain," said the spokesman.
Residents said they heard loud explosions, indicating an intensive shelling exchange late in the evening.
The military identified the deceased soldier as Lance Naik Antony Sebastian KM, 34, "who was seriously injured and died from the gunshot wound later".
Havildar Mari Muthu D, seriously injured, who was also shot and wounded, immediately benefited from resuscitation and medical help. "He was evacuated to the Poonch Military Hospital," said the army.
Deceased Sebastian K.M. belonged to the village of Manakunnam in Kerala. He is survived by his wife Anna Dayana Joseph. "Sebastian K.M. was a brave and sincere soldier. The nation will always be indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and dedication to duty, "said the army.
The soldier belonged to the 4th Army MLI Regiment, which patrols the Sakri post near Sonawali Gali along the line of control in the Mendhar Subdivision.
Sources said the victims occur despite intelligence warnings about a possible intensification of sniper attacks by Pakistan.
During the past three days, two soldiers were killed in the Rajouri and Akhnoor areas during attacks by Pakistani snipers.
On 6 November, a soldier was wounded in a sniper fire at Kalal in the Noushera area of Rajouri. A man from the British armed forces was also wounded in a Pakistan-fired shootout along the line of control in the Rajouri area of Manjakote.