Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail Singh and Sepoy Pargat Singh were fearless and honest soldiers, an army release said, adding that the nation will always remain indebted to them for their supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty. "The injured were evacuated to military hospital, where three soldiers including the officer succumbed", Joshi said.
The latest violation of ceasefire took place at a time when the chief minister was at the Rajouri district headquarters.
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".
"Initial reports say three soldiers were killed during (a) BAT operation", Vaid said, referring to the "Border Action Teams" that Indian officials say are made up of Pakistani troops and rebels and carry out cross-border attacks.
According to Army sources, the cease fire violation took place around 12:15pm in Keri sector of the LoC in Rajouri, where a patrol party of the Indian Army was targeted by Pakistan Army.
Responding to the gravest provocation, the Indian Army gave befitting reply to the Pakistan Army escalating tension in the region.
Defence spokesman said killing of army men won't go in vain.
Officials said maj Ambadas, 32, was from Bhandara district of Maharashtra and is survived by his wife Avoli.
Other soldiers killed were 34-year-old Lance Naik Gurmail Singh from Amritsar, Punjab, who is survived by his wife Kuljit Kaur and a daughter, and 30 year-old Sepoy Pargat Singh of Karnal, Haryana who is survived by his wife Ramanpreet Kaur and a son.
However, among the injured, four soldiers including the major succumbed later, the spokesman said, adding the soldiers manning the fence retaliated the fire strongly and effectively.
She conveyed her heartfelt sympathies to the families of slain soldiers.
Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh paid homage to martyrs and condemned Pakistan for ceasefire violations.
Singh while expressing condolences with the bereaved families, prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls.