Kathua (J-K): Two army personnel, including a junior commissioned officer (JCO), were killed while another received serious injuries after a wall of their barrack collapsed in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Saturday.
A wall of the barrack collapsed in Machhedi camp in Billawar area Friday evening, trapping three soldiers under the debris, they said.
The officials said a rescue operation was immediately launched and the trapped soldiers were evacuated to civil hospital in a serious condition.
Two of them, JCO S N Singh (45) of Sonipat in Haryana and Naik Pervez Kumar (39) of Samba in Jammu and Kashmir, were declared brought dead, they said.
Soldier Mangal Singh (46) of Panipat in Haryana, who was seriously injured, was referred to Military Hospital, Pathankot for specialised treatment, the officials said.
On the other hand, two terrorists affiliated with 'The Resistance Force' (TRF) have been arrested here and arms and ammunition seized at the Narwal bypass in Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Saturday.
Raees Ahmad Dar of Churath, Qazigund, and Subzar Ahmad Sheikh of Ashmuji, Kulgam, were on their way to Srinagar in a car when they were intercepted and arrested by the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the local police at the Narwal bypass on Friday evening, they said.
A police spokesperson said the SOG had set up a special checkpoint in the area after getting a reliable input regarding the movement of terrorists with automatic weapons.
"At about 5.30 pm (Friday) when the SOG team was conducting vehicle checking in the area, one Alto car tried to escape the checkpoint. Observing the suspicious movement, the SOG team immediately chased the vehicle and apprehended the two suspects along with a bag," he said.
The official said the bag, which was with Dar, contained an AK assault rifle with two magazines and 60 rounds, and a pistol along with two magazines and 15 rounds.
A case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, Arms Act and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act has been registered, the spokesperson said.
With the arrest, he said, the police has busted a TRF module.
TRF is believed to be a shadow group of the Lashkar-e-Taiba.
"Dar has a history of involvement in terror activities and has four cases registered against him. Initial investigation reveals that he is working for TRF. The role of his associate is also being ascertained," the official said.
He said Jammu Police was investigating the case to unearth the network of associates providing support to terror activities.
In a related development, Pakistani Rangers violated the ceasefire by resorting to unprovoked firing at forward posts along the International Border (IB) in Kathua district here, officials said on Saturday.
Firing from across the IB in the Satpal Border Outpost area of Hiranagar sector started around 9.35 pm on Friday, prompting strong retaliation by the Border Security Force (BSF), they said.
The officials said cross-border firing between the two sides continued till 2.45 am on Saturday, but there was no immediate report of any damage on the Indian side.
The latest ceasefire violation comes a day after two Army porters Altaf Hussain and Mohammad Zaif were injured in Pakistani firing along the Line of Control at Dalhan in Poonch district.
The porters, both residents of Noorkote village, were moving towards a forward post when they were fired upon by Pakistani troops from across the border, causing serious injuries to them, the officials said, adding both were hospitalised and their condition was stated to be stable.
(With PTI Inputs)