Jammu and Kashmir: Major, three soldiers killed in Pakistan firing in Rajouri

Army Major 3 Jawans Killed After Pakistan Violates Ceasefire In J&k

The Indian Army says four of its soldiers were killed when Pakistani forces fired across the de facto border in the disputed region of Kashmir.

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

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

Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked and indiscriminate shelling and firing when 120 Infantry Brigade, Batallion Area was on patrol, after which the Indian Army retaliated.

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, 32, belonged to Maharashtra, Lance Naik Gurmail Singh, 34, hailed from Amritsar, Punjab and Sepoy Pargat Singh, 30, belonged to Karnal, Haryana.

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He said two other injured soldiers are undergoing treatment at the hospital.

Indian Army has retaliated strongly and effectively on Pakistan Army posts.

Defence spokesperson colonel NN Joshi described the firing as a ceasefire violation by the neighbouring country.

On Friday evening, Pakistani troops had violated ceasefire along the LoC in Nowshera sector of the same district.

India and Pakistan have a long history of bitter relations over the Himalayan territory of Kashmir, which is claimed by both in its entirety. In 2014, there were 583 violations in which 14 civilians and three security personnel were killed and 101 civilians and 28 security personnel injured.

The Pakistani firing on Indian posts came on a day when J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti was in Rajouri to meet locals, as part of her public outreach programme.

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