December 2017 News

Army Major, 3 Soldiers Killed In LoC Firing

23 December 2017
Greater Kashmir
Yogesh Sagotra

Srinagar: An Army Major was among four soldiers killed in Pakistani firing in Keri sector of Rajouri district Saturday afternoon, officials said, adding that one more soldiers was critically injured in the firing. Spokesperson of Army's Udhampur based Northern Command confirmed the casualties of four soldiers, saying the killings took place when Pakistani troops opened fire on an Indian Army patrol moving on this side of the LoC in Keri sector around 12.15 pm. However, local sources said that the incident could have been due to an IED blast as the casualties were reported after a loud blast in forward Topa Barat Gala location under the area of responsibility of Keri Battalion. 'A Major and two soldiers were killed on the spot while two critically wounded soldiers were shifted to hospital where another soldier succumbed late in the evening,' Army spokesperson said. 'Major MoharkarPrafullaAmbadas, Lance NaikGurmail Singh and SepoyPargat Singh were grievously injured during the cease fire violation and succumbed to their injuries. Two other personnel also sustained injuries and Lance NaikKuldeep Singh also succumbed later.' 'Indian Army has retaliated strongly and effectively on Pakistan Army posts. Martyrdom of Indian Army soldiers will not go in vain,' he added. Major Prafulla, 32, belonged to district Bhandara, Maharashtra and is survived by his wife AvoliMoharkar. Lance NaikGurmail Singh, 34, belonged to district Amritsar, Punjab and is survived by his wife Kuljit Kaur and a daughter while SepoyPargat Singh, 30, belonged to district Karnal, Haryana and is survived by his wife Ramanpreet Kaur and a son. At least a dozen people including civilians and soldiers have been killed in nearly 300 incidents of ceasefire violations along the border in 2017 so far. In 2016, there were 228 such incidents. The escalation along the borders had led to suspension of cross LoC travel and trade on Poonch-Rawalakote road through Chakkan Da Bagh for nearly four months, besides migration of a large number of people from villages near LoC in Nowshera sector. Though travel and trade between two sides resumed last week, those having migrated from their native places are yet to return home.