At least four Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir border firing

Geneva Matthews
December 24, 2017

The cross-border firing by Pakistan army that killed a major and three soldiers at Keri in J&K's Rajouri sector on Saturday came towards the end of a year that saw over 780 ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the 778km Line of Control and 120 along the 198km worldwide border. 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.

Lance Naik Gurmail Singh, 34, belonged to district Amritsar in Punjab and is survived by wife Kuljit Kaur and a daughter.

He said that Indian side gave befitted reply by retaliating effectively to the ceasefire violation.

There was no immediate response from Pakistani authorities to the incident. He is survived by his wife Ramanpreet Kaur and a son.

"Major Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail and Sepoy Pargat were fearless and honest soldiers. The nation will always remain indebted to them for their supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty", Colonel Joshi said.

He said the chief minister had conveyed her heartfelt condolences to the families of the slain soldiers. "It is a cowardly act by Pakistan". Blood of our jawans will not go in vain.

Earlier on December 21, Pakistan violated ceasefire at around 5:50 pm in the evening in the Naushera sector of Jammu and Kashmir along the LoC.

The unrest, including the cross-border firing, also killed 78 Indian security forces and 57 civilians in Indian-administered Kashmir, according to officials and rights groups. There has been a spurt in ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops on LoC and International Border (IB) this year.

Also in Siachen glacier in northern Kashmir, Indian and Pakistani troops have fought intermittently since 1984.

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