A 23-year-old Indian soldier was killed along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir following a ceasefire violation by Pakistan. The ceasefire violation occurred at 1pm on Monday (September 2) in Poonch sector. 

The Army identified the deceased soldier as Grenadier Hemraj Jat (23). The Army personnel belonged to Rajasthan's Alwar district and had been commissioned into the Army in 2017.

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According to reports, Pakistani troops had resorted to shelling of mortars and firing of small arms in which Jat sustained fatal injuries. Pakistan has upped the ante at the LoC through repeated ceasefire violations ever since the special category status to Jammu and Kashmir was withdrawn.

Several restrictions were placed in Jammu and Kashmir after the government announced its decision on the abrogation of Article 370. Rajya Sabha on August 5 cleared the resolution to scrap Article 370 with two-thirds majority, along with another Bill to bifurcate the state of Jammu and Kashmir to two union territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Both were moved in the Lok Sabha, where the Bill was passed with ayes at 367 and noes at 67 out of the 424 votes.

In a similar incident, on August 17, an Indian soldier was killed as Pakistan violated ceasefire by resorting to mortar shelling and small arms firing on forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district, a defence spokesman said.