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Pak fires unprovoked, Army officer, 3 jawans martyred on LoC in Rajouri

24 December, 2017, 02:53 | Author: John Swanson
  • 3 Army soldiers killed at Keri along LoC

The Indian and Pakistani armies had agreed on a ceasefire along the LoC, the IB and along Actual Ground Position Line at Siachen glacier in November 2003. But given its actions and behaviour, it didn't appear that Pakistan really wanted peace, he added.

According to Army sources, the cease fire violation took place around 12:15pm in Keri sector of the LoC in Rajouri, where a patrol party of the Indian Army was targeted by Pakistan Army.

"Major Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail and Sepoy Pargat were courageous and honest soldiers."The nation will always remain indebted to them for their supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty", an Army statement said".

At least 61 security personnel including 58 army men and 79 civilians have been injured in the border ceasefire violations by the Pakistani troops.

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A statement issued by the Indian Army said Indian forces retaliated heavily to the cross-border firing.

Kashmir's director-general of police, Shesh Paul Vaid, said that the four soldiers died after they were attacked by a team of attackers who came from the Pakistani side of Kashmir. Five soldiers including an Major suffered injuries and evacuated to military hospital. "The Indian Army has retaliated strongly and effectively on the Pakistan Army posts".

The officer killed has been identified as 32-year-old Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas of 120 Infantry Brigade, who hailed from Bhandara district of Maharashtra. Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail Singh and Sepoy Pargat Singh were grievously injured during the ceasefire violation and succumbed to injuries. Two other personnel also sustained injuries and are under medical treatment.

Pakistani and Indian troops routinely clash along the Line of Control, the de facto border that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

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Kashmir, a Muslim-majority Himalayan region, is held by India and Pakistan in parts and claimed by both in full.

The two countries have fought three wars - in 1948, 1965 and 1971 - since they were partitioned in 1947, two of which were fought over Kashmir.

The skirmishes have led to killings of soldiers as well as civilians.

Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh also paid tributes to the slain soldiers.

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He said the chief minister had conveyed her heartfelt condolences to the families of the slain soldiers.

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