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Army Jawan Killed in First Ceasefire Violation After Election

New Delhi : An army jawan was killed and two others injured on Sunday when they went to rescue a colleague hurt in a landmine blast, in the first major incident of firing by Pakistani troops at the border after the Narendra Modi-led BJP won the general election. The army said at around 10 am, Havaldar Vinod Kumar was injured while planting landmines on the Indian side at the Pallanwalla sector near the Line of Control. When a team of Indian soldiers went to rescue him, Pakistani troops opened fire and wounded three of them. One soldier later died. There have been several infiltration bids this month by Pakistani militants along the Line of Control. 

On May 10, two militants were killed in Poonch, where infiltrators had tried to enter earlier on May 3. In 2013, 12 jawans were killed and 41 injured in the highest number of ceasefire violation - 149 - and firing by Pakistan troops on forward posts, civilian areas and patrolling parties along Indo-Pak border. Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed hope for good ties with the new government to be led by Narendra Modi. Mr Sharif has reportedly cited his working relationship with Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the last prime minister to lead a BJP government, as a reason for his optimism. 

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