Srinagar: In a barbaric act, the bodies of two Indian soldiers were mutilated by the Pakistan Army which violated ceasefire along the Line of Control in Poonch sector and attacked a patrol team near the border on Monday.
The Indian Army has vowed an âappropriateâ response to the âdespicable actâ.
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[blurb]Sources told CNN-News18 that the attack was launched at 8:40 am on Monday when the 22 Sikh regiment was patrolling between two posts. The unit, comprising nine personnel, came under intense mortar firing from across the border and a Border Action Team (BAT) from Pakistan infiltrated 200 metres on the Indian side and carried out the barbaric attack.
âPakistan army carried out unprovoked rocket and mortar firing on two forward posts along the Line of Control in Krishna Ghati sector. Simultaneously, a BAT action was launched on a patrol operating in between the two posts. In an unsoldierly act by the Pak Army, the bodies of two of our soldiers in the patrol were mutilated,â a statement by the Indian Army said.
[quote]"Such despicable act of Pakistan Army will be appropriately responded," the army statement added.[/quote]
Incident Krishna Ghati Sector . Statement attached. pic.twitter.com/yyNFqCEHDm— NorthernComd.IA (@NorthernComd_IA) May 1, 2017
Earlier reports had said that a BSF soldier and a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) of the Indian Army were martyred in firing by Pakistan Rangers. "At about 0830 hours, there was heavy firing from Pakistani (army) posts at BSF posts at LoC in Krishnagati sector of Poonch district with rockets and automatic weapons", a senior BSF officer had said.
[blurb]The grave act of provocation fuels the tension between the two countries after the death penalty given to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav on charges of spying and Islamabadâs constant raking up of the Kashmir issue.[/blurb]
It serves as a brutal reminder of two such acts in 2016 when the bodies of two Indian soldiers were mutilated right after Pakistan initiated cross-border firing.
Pakistani troops had breached the truce along the Line of Control in Poonch and Rajouri sectors seven times last month. They violated the ceasefire in Poonch sector on April 19 and shelled mortars on forward posts in Noushera sector on April 17.
Pakistan had resorted to firing in the same sector on April 8, in Poonch district on April 5, in Bhimbher Gali (BG) sector on April 4 and twice on April 3 in Balakote and (Digwar) Poonch sectors.