Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail Singh and Sepoy Pargat Singh were courageous and honest soldiers, an army release said, adding that the nation will always remain indebted to them for their supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty.
"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. Officials said that the latest incident of ceasefire violation took place at a time when the Chief Minister Mahbuba Mufti is in Rajouri district with the intention of removing the complaints of the people.
Four army soldier, including a major, who were on patrolling duty, were killed in Pakistani shelling as Indian army strongly retaliated resulting in exchanges which were going on intermittently till evening, they said.
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).More news: Meryl Streep's character killed off in Mamma Mia 2?
Army's Udhampur based defence Spokesman Col NN Joshi said that Pakistan Rangers in "violation of ceasefire" opened fire upon the army posts near Keri in Nowshera sector along the LoC.
Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, aged 32 years, belonged to Bhandara district in Maharashtra and is survived by his wife Avoli Moharkar. Two other personnel also sustained injuries and are under medical treatment. Sepoy Pargat Singh, 30, belonged to Karnal district in Haryana and is survived by his wife Ramanpreet Kaur and a son.
According to Indian officials, over 600 incidents of cease-fire violations were recorded along the LoC and the International Border (IB) since the beginning of this year. "It happened around 12.15 pm", a source said.
Singh offered condolences with the bereaved families and prayed for eternal peace to their departed souls.