India says Pakistani fire kills 3 Indian soldiers in Kashmir

Saul Bowman
December 24, 2017

An Army Officer and three Jawans were martyred in Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked cease fire violation on Indian Army posts in Rajouri sector on Saturday afternoon, official spokesman here said. The fourth soldier had not been named till evening.

If ceasefire violation is established as the cause, Saturday's deaths will be the highest single-day toll from such an attack.

The army said it "retaliated strongly and effectively" on Pakistan army posts.

He identified the deceased as Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail Singh and Sepoy Pargat Singh.

Hailing from Bhandara in Maharashtra, Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, 32, is survived by wife Avoli Moharkar.

Defence spokesman said killing of army men won't go in vain.

Firing across the Line of Control has killed and wounded dozens of soldiers and civilians on both sides in recent years.

In the past, the Indian army has blamed a combination of the Pakistani army's border action team and militants for carrying out operations along the Line of Control. Lance Naik Gurmail Singh aged 34 years, belonged to District Amritsar, Punjab and is survived by his wife Smt kuljit Kaur and a daughter.

India shares a 3,323 km long border with Pakistan, of which 221 km of the IB and 740 km of the LoC fall in Jammu and Kashmir.

Also in Siachen glacier in northern Kashmir, Indian and Pakistani troops have fought intermittently since 1984.

"The incident took place in the Topa Barat Galla area of in Keri sector".

Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh paid rich tributes to the slain soldiers and condemned Pakistan for the ceasefire violation.

Singh offered condolences with the bereaved families and prayed for eternal peace to their departed souls.

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