Pak fires unprovoked, Army officer, 3 jawans martyred on LoC in Rajouri
24 December, 2017, 02:55 | Author: Hannah Francis
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).
Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas and three jawans were injured in the attack seriously who later succumbed to injuries.
The deceased personnel are identified as-Major Prafulla, Sepoy Pargarh and Sepoy Gurmeet Singh of 2 Sikh battalion.
Almost 30 people, including 14 Army personnel, 12 civilians, and four BSF personnel were killed in these ceasefire violations this year. But given its actions and behaviour, it didn't appear that Pakistan really wanted peace, he added.
Defence sources, however, said four Army personnel were killed in the "unprovoked" firing.
India has stressed that any collateral damage in the cross-border firings is due to the Pakistan army's "unacceptable" support to cross-border terrorism and infiltration as well as its strategy to deploy civilians at forward posts to gain intelligence and act as guides to terrorists crossing the LoC.
The Army, in a statement, said that Indian troops retaliated "strongly and effectively". "Two other personnel also sustained injuries and are undergoing treatment", the spokesman said.
Tensions between Pakistan and India have been running high in the Himalayan territory for a long time.
"They [four slain Indian soldiers] were grievously hurt during the firing from Pakistani troops and later succumbed to their injuries", Indian Defence Ministry spokesman N N Joshi said.
The two countries have fought three wars - in 1948, 1965 and 1971 - since they were partitioned in 1947, two of which were fought over Kashmir.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Deputy CM Nirmal Singh both paid rich tributes to the martyrs and conveyed their heartfelt sympathies to the families.
Earlier this week Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir had informed the Lok Sabha that a total of 881 "ceasefire violations" have taken place along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir this year, killing 30 people.
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