Indian army major, 3 troops killed in cross-border fire

Indian army major, 3 troops killed in cross-border fire

Indian army major, 3 troops killed in cross-border fire

Three Indian soldiers, including an Army Major, were killed after Pakistani troops opened fire on an Indian Army patrol along the Line of Control (LoC) in Keri sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district today.

Udhampur-based Defence spokesman said Pakistani troops breached border ceasefire and resorted to indiscriminate firing on Army posts in Keri sector of Nowshera in Rajouri in the afternoon.

The soldiers belonged to the 120-Infantry Brigade Battalion, and were on patrol when the incident took place.

The deceased have been identified as Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, Launce Naik Gurmail Singh and sepoy Pargat Singh. "Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail Singh, Lance Naik Kuldeep Singh and Sepoy Pargat Singh were grievously injured in firing 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. Five soldiers including an Major suffered injuries and evacuated to military hospital.

"Initial reports say three soldiers were killed during (a) BAT operation", Vaid said, referring to the "Border Action Teams" that Indian officials say are made up of Pakistani troops and rebels and carry out cross-border attacks.

Defence sources, however, said four Army personnel were killed in the "unprovoked" firing.

A spokesperson for the Pakistani army did not immediately react to this accusation. "It does not only support terrorism but also provide state sponsorship", Singh said.

Lance Naik Singh, 34, hailed from Amritsar, Punjab and is survived by wife Ms Kuljit Kaur and a daughter.

The Chief Minister has conveyed her heartfelt sympathies to their families.

A total of 30 people - 12 civilians, 14 Army personnel and four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel - were killed in these ceasefire violations.

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