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Captain, JCO killed in grenade blast at LoC in Poonch

Captain Anand and junior commissioned officer (JCO) Naib Subedar Bhagwan Singh were flown to the Command Hospital in Udhampur where they succumbed to their injuries. A court of inquiry has been ordered.

JAMMU, July 18: An army captain and a JCO were killed in a blast in Poonch district on Sunday night. The "accidental grenade blast" occurred at the Line of Control (LoC) in the Mendhar sector of Jammu division in Jammu and Kashmir.

Captain Anand and a junior commissioned officer (JCO) Naib Subedar Bhagwan Singh were taken to the Command Hospital in Udhampur by helicopter where they succumbed to their injuries during treatment.

The blast occurred when the soldiers were performing their duties in Mendhar sector late Sunday night, PRO Defence Jammu Lt Col Devender Anand said. However, A court of inquiry has been ordered into the incident.

The General Officer Commanding and others paid their condolences to the bereaved family members.

Captain Anand hailed from Champa Nagar in Bihar's Bhagalpur district and Naib Subedar Bhagwan Singh from Pokhar Bhitta village in Uttar Pradesh's Ambedkar Nagar district.

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