Four Army personnel including a Major lost their lives on Tuesday while foiling an infiltration bid in north Kashmir's Gurez sector. The operation is still underway.
The deceased have been identified as Major KP Rane, hawaldars Jamie Singh and Vikramjeet and rifleman Mandeep.
There were eight terrorists who tried to infiltrate. Of the eight, the Army killed four terrorists and the rest escaped. The terrorists fired at the soldiers near the 36 Rashtriya Rifles post at Govind Nallah on the Line of Control.
Reacting to the incident, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and senior National Congress (NC) leader Farooq Abdullah said that if the Army personnel have been killed then India should also respond accordingly. Expressing concern over the deaths, Abdullah said that India could have normal relations with Pakistan provided the neighbour stopped infiltration. "If Pakistan wants to maintain good relations with India, it is necessary that infiltration is stopped," he said.