This grateful nation remembers Major Praful Moharkar on the 2nd anniversary of his “Day of Martyrdom”, today.
During 2017, Maj Praful’s unit was deployed along the LOC in the Keri sector in Rajouri district of J & K and he was Officer Commanding of Vir Badreshwar Post. The LOC in that sector is very volatile and active where the enemy often resorts to unprovoked firing. It is monitored and guarded by the security forces by employing armed patrols on a continuous basis. On 23 December 2017, around noontime, the Pakistani forces indulged in a ceasefire violation and resorted to unprovoked firing.
During that time an armed patrol of the Sikh Regiment led by Maj Praful was on a regular patrol of the area. At around 1215 hours Pakistani troops who were hiding at Brat Galla in the Keri sector targeted the army patrol team. The heavy firing was accompanied by the artillery fire from across the border indicating that it was a pre-planned dastardly attack. The patrol team leader Maj Praful Moharkar and three of his soldiers Lance Naik Gurmail Singh, Lance Naik Kuldeep Singh and Sep Pargat Singh took direct hits and got seriously wounded. Maj Praful Moharkar later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred.