Tension gripped the Line of Control (LoC) on Saturday when the Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked firing that left four Indian Army soldiers, including a Major from Maharashtra, dead, and another one injured. The spokesman said that Major Mohrarkar Praful Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail Singh, Lance Naik Gurmeet Singh and Soldier Pargat Singh lost their lives during the ceasefire violation. They were grievously hurt during the firing from Pakistani troops and later succumbed to their injuries, said Colonel N N Joshi an Udhampur-based defence ministry spokesperson, adding that two others who got injured are under medical treatment.
Earlier this week, junior home minister Hansraj Ahir informed the Lok Sabha that 881 ceasefire violations took place along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir this year, killing at least 30 people including soldiers.
The military asserted that the "martyrdom of the Indian Army's soldiers will not go in vain", implying that pounding of Pakistani posts will follow.
Unconfirmed media reports suggested that the Pakistan Army, violating the ceasefire agreement, fired indiscriminately on the Indian posts without any provocation.
Asked whether any damage was caused to the Pakistani side in the retaliatory firing by army, Joshi said, "We don't know the damage caused to the other side".
A defense spokesman said that Pakistani troops targeted a patrol party in the Brat Galla area of Keri sector at around 12.30 pm in the afternoon.
Sources said an injured army man later succumbed to injuries in the hospital, taking the death toll to four. Hailing from District Karnal, Haryana, Sepoy Pargat Singh, 30, is survived by wife Ramanpreet Kaur and a son.
She conveyed her heartfelt sympathies to the families of slain soldiers.
Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh paid rich tributes to the slain soldiers and condemned Pakistan for the ceasefire violation.
Singh offered condolences with the bereaved families and prayed for eternal peace to their departed souls.