Army officer among 4 soldiers killed in Rajouri border shelling

Jammu and Kashmir Four soldiers including an Army captain killed in alleged ceasefire violations

Jammu and Kashmir Four soldiers including an Army captain killed in alleged ceasefire violations

Chand assured that immediate measures were taken and the Indian Army has responded appropriately. He said the Pakistani Army has been supporting infiltration by terrorists along the border.

The killed soldiers included Captain Kapil Kundu, who would have celebrated his 23rd birthday on February 10.

A statement said Pakistan Army initiated "unprovoked" and "indiscriminate" firing around 3.30 p.m.in Bhimber Gali sector in Rajouri.

These exchanges, the worst between the two in more than a decade, resulted in the death of four Indian soldiers over the weekend along the 776km "line of control" that divides Kashmir between the neighbours.

We should be in no doubt that the Indian Army would have inflicted similar damage to the Pakistan side. "If the Indian government wants peace it will have to talk to Pakistan and conclude that an autonomy be given to us as well as them", the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said. According to the reports, the neighboring country has violated the ceasefire an alarming 140 times during the last month, which is more than their occurrences in 2014.

Earlier a day, Minister of State (MoS) Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir noted that India would not let off Pakistan for the attack. In the process, six Pakistani Army personnel, including a Major rank officer, were killed.

The Pakistan minister further claimed that the Indian forces were involved in crimes against humanity in Kashmir. "And one of the shells landed near the officer and his men, leading to the casualties", he said when asked about Sunday's shelling.

Rajnath Singh condemned the cross-border firing by Pakistan, saying he has full faith in the valour of the Indian Army and they shall "give proper reply" to the neighbour.

Rajouri Deputy Commissioner Shahid Iqbal Choudary ordered closure of all 84 schools close to the border, from Sunderbani to Manjakote, for the next three days.

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