Indian army Major among 4 soldiers killed as Pakistan violates LoC ceasefire

The casualties took place when Pakistani troops opened fire at the Indian Army patrol in Keri sector

Indian Army's Udhampur based defence Spokesman Col NN Joshi told news agency GNS that Pakistan Rangers in "violation of ceasefire" opened fire upon the army posts near Keri in Nowshera sector along the LoC. "The injured were evacuated to military hospital, where three soldiers including the officer succumbed", Joshi said. Troops guarding the borderline retaliated the fire effectively and the exchange of fire continued till this evening. "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".

The officer killed has been identified as 32-year-old Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas of 120 Infantry Brigade, who hailed from Bhandara district of Maharashtra.

A defense spokesman said that Pakistani troops targeted a patrol party in the Brat Galla area of Keri sector at around 12.30 pm in the afternoon. "Two other personnel also sustained injuries and are under medical treatment", he added.

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

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At least four Indian soldiers were killed on Saturday in Pakistani firing along the highly militarised de facto border that divides the disputed region of Kashmir between the nuclear-armed rivals, Indian officials said.

Lance Naik Gurmail Singh, 34, belonged to District Amritsar in Punjab and is survived by his wife kuljit Kaur and a daughter. Jawan Pargat Singh, 30, belonged to district Karnal in Haryana and is survived by his wife Ramanpreet Kaur and a son, a statement issued by the Army in Jammu said.

He said the chief minister had conveyed her heartfelt condolences to the families of the slain soldiers. The latest violation of the ceasefire agreement took place at a time Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was camping in Rajouri district headquarters to address people's grievances, they said. Singh said to other reporters from a program here, "Pakistan is doing such kind of acts and it is being reprimanded but it does not seem to be able to do such acts". There were 152 ceasefire violations in 2015 and 153 in 2014 on the LoC.

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