Army major, 3 jawans killed in Pak firing

LoC firing

LoC firing

Jammu: Pakistani troops fired at patrolling army in the Kerry sector of Rajouri district in Jammu Kashmir, in which one Major and three soldiers were martyred.

"Pakistani soldiers violated the 2003 cease-fire accord by targeting Indian posts in Rajouri sector", Indian army said in a statement describing the firing incident as an "unprovoked cease-fire violation".

The soldiers killed in Pakistani troops firing were identified as Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail Singh, Lance Naik Kuldeep Singhand Sepoy Pargat Singh.

According to reports, from 12.15 PM on Saturday, 120 Infantry Brigade encountered heavy shelling in Keri battalion area which led to death of the four Indian soldiers.

"They [four slain Indian soldiers] were grievously hurt during the firing from Pakistani troops and later succumbed to their injuries", Joshi said.

A spokesperson for the Pakistani army did not immediately react to this accusation. Two other personnel also sustained injuries and are under medical treatment.

Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas aged 32 years, belonged to District Bhandara, Maharashtra and is survived by his wife Avoli Moharkar.

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

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

Pakistan and India have a long history of bitter relations over the Himalayan territory of Kashmir, which is claimed by both in its entirety.

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.

Earlier this week Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir had informed the Lok Sabha that a total of 881 "ceasefire violations" have taken place along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir this year, killing 30 people.

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

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