JK: Army Major, 3 soldiers killed in firing by Pakistan along LoC
24 December, 2017, 02:27 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
There was no immediate reaction from Pakistan.
A statement issued by the Indian Army said Indian forces retaliated heavily to the cross-border firing. The Indian Army has, over the last few months, repeatedly told the Pakistan army to desist from actively abetting cross-border terrorism and infiltration, warning that all misadventures to either target Indian troops or provide cover fire to infiltrating terrorists would be met with retaliatory punitive fire assaults.
"One major, three soldiers got killed in cross border firing by Pakistan troops in Bhimber Gali area of Keri sector on Saturday afternoon at around 1215 hours", official spokesperson here said.
"They [four slain Indian soldiers] were grievously hurt during the firing from Pakistani troops and later succumbed to their injuries", Indian Defence Ministry spokesman N N Joshi said.
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Responding to the gravest provocation, the Indian Army gave befitting reply to the Pakistan Army escalating tension in the region.
Kashmir's director-general of police, S.P. Vaid, said the four soldiers died after they were attacked by a team of attackers who came from the Pakistani side of Kashmir.
"In the Pakistani troops firing, five army men including a Major, sustained injuries".
However, among the injured, four soldiers including the major succumbed later, the spokesman said, adding the soldiers manning the fence retaliated the fire strongly and effectively.
He identified the deceased as Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail Singh and Sepoy Pargat Singh. The soldiers belonged to 2 Sikh Regment under 120 Infantry Brigade Battalion. Lance Naik Gurmail Singh aged 34 years, belonged to District Amritsar, Punjab and is survived by his wife Smt kuljit Kaur and a daughter.
Kashmir has been the center of a deadly tug-of-war between India and neighboring Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947.
The latest violation of the ceasefire agreement took place at a time when Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was camping in Rajouri district headquarters to address people's grievances, they said.
She conveyed her heartfelt sympathies to the families of slain soldiers.
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