An army major was among four Indian soldiers killed in a cross-border shooting along the de facto border that divides the disputed region of Kashmir between Pakistan and India, an official said, APA reports quoting Anadolu agency.
The soldiers belonged to the 120-Infantry Brigade Batallion, and were on patrol after crossfire violation by Pakistan when the incident took place.
Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail Singh, Sepoy Pargat Singh were grievously injured during the ceasefire violation and later succumbed to their injuries. Indian Army has retaliated strongly and effectively at Pakistan Army posts, the release said, adding that martyrdom of Indian Army soldiers will not go in vain.
The troops of India and Pakistan intermittently exchange fire on the 720 km-long LoC and 198 km IB in Kashmir, despite an agreement in 2003 to observe a cease-fire. "Two other personnel who have sustained injuries are undergoing treatment", said Colonel NN Joshi, defence spokesman at the Northern Command Headquarters.
A spokesperson for the Pakistani army did not immediately react to this accusation.
Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas aged 32 years, belonged to District Bhandara, Maharashtra and is survived by his wife Avoli Moharkar. Lance Naik Gurmail Singh, 34, belonged to Amritsar in Punjab, and is survived by his wife and a daughter. There were 152 ceasefire violations in 2015 and 153 in 2014 on the LoC.
"The major and two soldiers were killed in the shelling, while another soldier was injured".
Meanwhile, J&K Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has paid rich tributes to the Major and three jawans killed in today's cross border in Rajouri distrct.
Singh offered condolences with the bereaved families and prayed for eternal peace to their departed souls.
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