Srinagar: Four army soldiers, including a major-rank officer, were killed on Saturday in firing by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LOC) in Rajouri sector of Jammu division, Udhampur-based army spokesman Col NN Joshi and Srinagar-based army spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said.
Joshi said that the Pakistan Army began “unprovoked” firing on an Indian Army patrol along the LoC on Saturday afternoon, killing Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, 32, Lance Naik Gurmail Singh, 34, and Sepoy Pargat Singh, 30. Col Kalia later told Kashmir Reader that another soldier injured in the firing at Rajouri had also succumbed to his injuries.
Joshi told Kashmir Reader that two other army soldiers were injured in the firing and they had been provided medical assistance.
Joshi said that the slain soldiers belonged to 2 Sikh Regiment under 120 Infantry Brigade Battalion.
“The Indian army has retaliated strongly and effectively on Pakistan Army posts,” Joshi said.
The incident drew condemnation from Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, who paid tributes to the slain soldiers.
Earlier this week, Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir had informed the Lok Sabha that a total of 881 alleged ceasefire violations had taken place along the LoC and the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir this year, killing 30 people.
No cross-border firing has been reported in other states except Jammu and Kashmir along the border with Pakistan, the minister said replying to a written question.
Major Ambadas belonged to Bhandara district in Maharashtra and is survived by wife Avoli Moharkar. Lance Naik Gurmail Singh belonged to Amritsar district in Punjab and is survived by wife Kuljit Kaur and a daughter. Sepoy Pargat Singh belonged to Karnal district in Haryana and is survived by wife Ramanpreet Kaur and a son, the army said.
“Major Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail and Sepoy Pargat were brave and sincere soldiers. The nation will always remain indebted to them for their supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty,” the army said in a statement.
—With PTI inputs