Major, among four soldiers killed in Pak firing along LoC
24 December, 2017, 02:23 | Author: Irene Delgado
There was no immediate reaction from Pakistan.
"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.
Four army soldier, including a major, who were on patrolling duty, were killed in Pakistani shelling as Indian army strongly retaliated resulting in exchanges which were going on intermittently till evening, they said.
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.
"Pakistani soldiers violated the 2003 cease-fire accord by targeting Indian posts in Rajouri sector", Indian army said in a statement describing the firing incident as an "unprovoked cease-fire violation".
Though there had been stray incidents of firing from Pakistani troops on forward Indian positions along the LoC in adjoining Nowshera sector, the latest ceasefire at such a scale has come after almost a month.
Sources said after the incident, alert was sounded along the forward locations in twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch. Five soldiers including an Major suffered injuries and evacuated to military hospital.
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Sepoy Pargat Singh (30) belonged to Karnal district in Haryana and is survived by wife Ramanpreet Kaur and a son, the Army said.
Defence spokesman said killing of army men won't go in vain.
Kashmir has been the center of a deadly tug-of-war between India and neighboring Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947.
A total of 30 people - 12 civilians, 14 Army personnel and four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel - were killed in these ceasefire violations.
The latest violation of ceasefire took place at a time when the chief minister was at the Rajouri district headquarters.
She conveyed her heartfelt sympathies to the families of slain soldiers.
Singh offered condolences with the bereaved families and prayed for eternal peace to their departed souls.
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