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

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According to the Indian military, Pakistani soldiers fired across the border and killed an army officer and two soldiers, violating a cease-fire. India has stressed that any collateral damage in the cross-border firings is due to the Pakistan army's "unacceptable" support to cross-border terrorism and infiltration as well as its strategy to deploy civilians at forward posts to gain intelligence and act as guides to terrorists crossing the LoC. He also added that Indian troops were retaliating effectively.

Firing across the Line of Control has killed and wounded dozens of soldiers and civilians on both sides in recent years.

Sources said another injured army man succumbed to injuries in the hospital. "Two other personnel who have sustained injuries are undergoing treatment", said Colonel NN Joshi, defence spokesman at the Northern Command Headquarters.

"The martyrdom of Indian soldiers will not go in vain", the defence spokesman said.

There was no immediate response from Pakistani authorities to the incident. "We are assessing the damage".

Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas aged 32 years, belonged to District Bhandara, Maharashtra and is survived by his wife Smt Avoli Moharkar.

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

Sepoy Pargat Singh aged 30 years, belonged to District Karnal, Haryana and is survived by his wife Smt Ramanpreet Kaur and a son.

Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, in a statement issued in the winter capital paid rich tributes to the Army Major and two jawans.

"The sacrifices rendered by the troops would be remembered forever", he said.

The Deputy CM while expressing condolences with the bereaved families prayed for eternal peace to their departed souls.

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