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Pak violates truce on LoC, kills Army major and three soldiers

Jammu: Pakistani troops opened fire on an Indian Army patrol, killing a major and three soldiers along the Line of Control (LoC) in Keri sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district on Saturday, officials said. The latest violation of the ceasefire agreement took place at a time CM Mehbooba Mufti was camping in Rajouri district headquarters to address people's grievances, they said. A Defence spokesman said that Pakistani troops targeted the Army patrol at Brat Galla in Keri sector at around 12:15 am.
"We suffered three fatal casualties including one officer in the incident. Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail Singh and Sepoy Pargat Singh were grievously injured during the ceasefire violation and succumbed to their injuries. Two other personnel also sustained injuries and are undergoing treatment," the spokesman said.
SSP of Rajouri Yougal Manhar added that one of the two injured personnel died later. The Army, in a statement, said that Indian troops retaliated "strongly and effectively" to the "unprovoked" firing.
Major Ambadas (32) belonged to Bhandara district in Maharashtra and is survived by wife Avoli Moharkar, while Lance Naik Gurmail Singh (34) belonged to Amritsar district in Punjab and is survived by wife kuljit Kaur and a daughter. Sepoy Pargat Singh (30) belonged to Karnal district in Haryana and is survived by wife Ramanpreet Kaur and a son, the Army said.
"Major Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail and Sepoy Pargat were brave and sincere soldiers. The nation will always remain indebted to them for their supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty," the Army statement said.
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