Pak fires unprovoked, Army officer, 3 jawans martyred on LoC in Rajouri

Pak fires unprovoked, Army officer, 3 jawans martyred on LoC in Rajouri

On Saturday afternoon, three Indian Army jawans were martyred in an unprovoked cross-border firing by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district.

Sources said Pakistani troops targeted Indian posts using 120 mm and 82 mm mortar bombs and heavy machine guns in Topa Barat Gala in Keri area of frontier Rajouri district, 222 km southwest of Srinagar, at around 12:15 pm.

Other soldiers killed were 34-year-old Lance Naik Gurmail Singh from Amritsar, Punjab, who is survived by his wife Kuljit Kaur and a daughter, and 30 year-old Sepoy Pargat Singh of Karnal, Haryana who is survived by his wife Ramanpreet Kaur and a son.

"They [four slain Indian soldiers] were grievously hurt during the firing from Pakistani troops and later succumbed to their injuries", Joshi said. It added, "Major Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail Singh and Sepoy Pargat Singh were fearless and honest soldiers". But given its actions and behaviour, it didn't appear that Pakistan really wanted peace, he added. "Martyrdom of the Indian Army soldiers will not go in vain", the statement said.

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"Major Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail and Sepoy Pargat were courageous and honest soldiers". "It is a cowardly act by Pakistan". Pakistani forces have violated ceasefire 724 times along the IB and the LoC till October in comparison to 449 times in 2016.

If ceasefire violation is established as the cause, Saturday's deaths will be the highest single-day toll from such an attack.

Since January 2017 till date, more than 880 incidents of ceasefire violations have been reported along the LoC and the International Border in J&K in which over 30 people were killed and thousands of border residents relocated to safer places.

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