LoC Flare-up:Major Among 4 Indian Soldiers Killed In 'Unprovoked' Pak Firing

Three Army men martyred in Pakistan firing on LOC

According to a police official, the ceasefire violation took place in the Keri area of the LoC in Rajouri district.

It added, "Major Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail Singh and Sepoy Pargat Singh were fearless and honest soldiers".

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.

The Army, in a statement, said that Indian troops retaliated "strongly and effectively". Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, 32, belonged to Bhandara district of Maharashtra and is survived by his wife. "Two other personnel who have sustained injuries are undergoing treatment", said Colonel NN Joshi, defence spokesman at the Northern Command Headquarters.

Lance Naik Gurmail Singh aged 34 years, belonged to District Amritsar, Punjab and is survived by his wife Smt Kuljit Kaur and a daughter. Troops guarding the borderline retaliated the fire effectively and the exchange of fire continued till this evening. He is survived by his wife Ramanpreet Kaur and a son.

The violence was sparked by the killing of a popular young rebel leader by government forces in July previous year.

Army's Udhampur based defence Spokesman, said that Pakistan Rangers in "violation of ceasefire" opened fire upon the army posts near Keri in Nowshera sector along the LoC.

The violation comes two days after Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that he supports peace talks with India.

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.

"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.

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