In a barbaric incident, terrorists, aided by the cover fire by Pakistani Army, crossed the Line of Control on October 28 and martyred an Indian army jawan and mutilated his body in Machil sector of Kupwara district in north Kashmir. It apparently looked like ‘beheading.’
After conducting the barbaric incident, the militants went back into Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.
One militant was also killed in the gunbattle, army said.
Reports indicate it to be the handiwork of a BAT (border action team), which typically consists of terrorists and Pakistan Army regulars.
An Army spokesperson called the incident a despicable act and said it reflected the barbarism pervading in official and unofficial organisations in Pakistan.
“The incident will be responded to appropriately,” he added.
Heavy firing is still underway in Machil sector where Indian troops are retaliating the unprovoked firing by Pakistan rangers on Indian posts.
The incident comes hours after the Border Security Force said two Indian civilians were killed in cross-border shelling and firing by Pakistani forces. The BSF also said at least 15 Pakistan Rangers were killed in retaliatory firing since October 21.
RS Pura, Akhnoor, Poonch, Sunderbani and Noushera sectors in Jammu and Kashmir have come under heavy shelling and firing by Pakistani troops in the last few days.
A similar BAT action by Pakistan happened in the Mendhar sector of J&K in 2013, in which an Indian soldier was beheaded and another’s body mutilated. It was later avenged by the Indian Army in “a befitting manner”.
Commenting on the incident, Minister of State and member of the Prime Minister’s Office, Jitendra Singh has said, “There can’t be anything more atrocious than this. Pakistan is already exposed but it continues to be in denial mode. I am confident our forces are capable of responding to any kind of threat. I’m always of the view that the human rights of soldiers should enjoy precedence over human rights of anybody else.”