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Army Jawan dies in accidental misfire along LoC in Poonch

Srinagar: An Army Jawan posted along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir died in an accidental fire from his service weapon.

A jawan deputed on a forward post along the LoC in Mendhar sector of Poonch district received bullet wounds due to accidental fire around 2150 hours last night, Defence spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta said today.

Sepoy Manmohan Budhani (23) later succumbed to injuries, he said.

He was in the army for two years and is survived by mother Vidhya Bukhari. Budhani belonged to village Awalakot Kota Bagh in Nainital district of Uttarakhand.

The Defence spokesman denied reports in a section of the media that the soldier died in Pakistani firing.

He said there was no firing from the Pakistani side on Monday in Mendhar.