Pune: A 32-year-old Army officer from Bhandara in Maharashtra and three jawans were martyred in Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) in Keri sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district on Saturday. Two other personnel also sustained injuries and are undergoing medical treatment.
Army officials said that ceasefire violations took place at a time when Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was camping in Rajouri district headquarters to address people's grievances.
Major Prafulla Moharkar, Lance Naik Gurmail Singh, Sepoy Pargat Singh and Kuldeep Singh were grievously injured during the ceasefire violation and succumbed to their injuries.
A senior Army officer told Sakal Times that the Pakistani troops targeted the Army patrol at Brat Galla in Keri sector at around noon.
Major Moharkar belonged to Bhandara district and is survived by wife Avoli. Lance Naik Gurmail Singh (34), belonged to Amritsar and is survived by wife Kuljit Kaur and a daughter. Sepoy Pargat Singh (30), belonged to Karnal district, Haryana and is survived by wife Ramanpreet Kaur and a son.
“Major Moharkar, Lance Naik Gurmail Singh, Sepoy Pargat Singh and Kuldeep Singh were brave and sincere soldiers. The nation will always remain indebted to them for their supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty. Indian Army has retaliated strongly and effectively against Pakistan Army posts. Martyrdom of Indian Army soldiers will not go in vain," Army stated in a press release.
Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh paid rich tributes to the slain soldiers and condemned Pakistan for the ceasefire violation.
Ceasefire violations in 2017
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.