Army Major, three jawans martyred in ceasefire violation in J&K's Keri Battalion

23 December 2017, 11:51 PM
J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Keri Battalion area, three jawans martyred (file photo)
J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Keri Battalion area, three jawans martyred (file photo)

The Pakistani troops on Saturday violated ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir’s Keri (120 Infantry Brigade) Battalion area along the Line of Control. One Army Major and three soldiers were martyred while one injured in the ceasefire violation, ANI reported.

The injured jawan has been airlifted to hospital for medical treatment. A defence spokesman said Pakistani troops targeted the Army patrol at Brat Galla in Keri sector at around 1215 hours.

“We suffered three fatal casualties including one officer in the incident. Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail Singh and Sepoy Pargat Singh were grievously injured during the ceasefire violation and succumbed to their injuries. Two other personnel also sustained injuries and are undergoing treatment,” the spokesman said.

The Army, in a statement, said that Indian troops retaliated “strongly and effectively” to the “unprovoked” firing.Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh paid rich tributes to the slain soldiers and condemned Pakistan for the ceasefire violation.

“Pakistan is indulging in such cowardly actions and is being given a befitting response, but it does not desist from such cowardly acts,” Singh said.

Major Ambadas (32) belonged to Bhandara district in Maharashtra and is survived by wife Avoli Moharkar, while Lance Naik Gurmail Singh (34) belonged to Amritsar district in Punjab and is survived by wife kuljit Kaur and a daughter.

Sepoy Pargat Singh (30) belonged to Karnal district in Haryana and is survived by wife Ramanpreet Kaur and a son, the Army said.

The ceasefire violation comes two days after Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa remark that he supports peace talks with India. Qamar had said that issues with India could be solved through talks instead of war.

However, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat in response to Bajwa's statement said peace talks with Pakistan could only take place when it stops supporting terrorists in the valley.

(With PTI Inputs)

First Published: Saturday, December 23, 2017 05:27 PM
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