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Major, among four soldiers killed in Pak firing along LoC

24 December 2017

They were grievously hurt during the firing from Pakistani troops and later succumbed to their injuries, said Colonel N N Joshi an Udhampur-based defence ministry spokesperson, adding that two others who got injured are under medical treatment.

However, on the other hand, Pakistan army didn't comment on this incident as yet. Officials said that the latest incident of ceasefire violation took place at a time when the Chief Minister Mahbuba Mufti is in Rajouri district with the intention of removing the complaints of the people.

In the last six months, the Army patrols along the LoC have been asked to take measures to avoid getting caught in ambushes or Border Action Team (BAT) actions by the Pakistani Special Forces. The spokesman said that Major Mohrarkar Praful Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail Singh, Lance Naik Gurmeet Singh and Soldier Pargat Singh lost their lives during the ceasefire violation.

Pakistani soldiers fired along the highly militarised border and targeted Indian posts in the Rajouri sector, violating the 2003 ceasefire accord, the Indian army said in a statement on Saturday (23 December).

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

The army called the firing an "unprovoked ceasefire violation".

Major Ambadas, 32, belonged to District Bhandara, Maharashtra and is survived by his wife Avoli Moharkar, he said.

Indian army said that the dead include an army officer and that Indian soldiers retaliated "strongly and effectively".

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Sources said another injured army man succumbed to injuries in the hospital. Lance Naik Gurmail Singh, 34, hailed from District Amritsar in Punjab and is survived by his wife Kuljit Kaur and a daughter. Sepoy Pargat Singh, aged 30 years, belonged to Karnal, and is survived by his wife Ramanpreet Kaur and a son.

She conveyed her heartfelt sympathies to the families of slain soldiers.

Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh also paid tributes to the three army men and Major killed in cross-border firing in Rajouri district.

Singh while expressing condolences with the bereaved families, prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls.

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Major, among four soldiers killed in Pak firing along LoC