Pakistan mutilates bodies of 2 Indian soldiers near LoC, Army pounds Pak posts in retaliation

The Indian Army called the firing by Pakistan forces unprovoked and said there will be an appropriate response to it.

The bodies of two Indian soldiers were mutilated by the Pakistan Army along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Krishna Ghati sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

In retaliation, the Indian Army has pounded Pakistan Army posts along the LoC .

In a ceasefire violation, the Pakistan Army today opened rocket and mortar firing on two forward posts along the Line of Control. Pakistan's Border Action Team (BAT) attacked an Indian joint patrol team and mutilated its two soldiers.

Calling the firing "unprovoked", the Northern Command in a statement said, "In an unsoldierly act by the Pakistan Army, the bodies of two of our soldiers in the patrol were mutilated. Such despicable act of Pakistan Army will be appropriately responded".

Incident Krishna Ghati Sector . Statement attached. pic.twitter.com/yyNFqCEHDm

- NorthernComd.IA (@NorthernComd_IA) May 1, 2017

The statement issued by the Northern Command said that even as firing was opened on the Indian posts, "a BAT (Border Action Team) action was launched on a patrol operating in between the two posts".

HOW INDIAN TROOPS WERE ATTACKED

According to sources, local intelligence was available to Indian troops about possible landmines being laid out by Pakistani operatives near the Line of Control. When a team reached the forward defence line to check for the mines, they came under the attack from the Pakistan Army.

The Pakistan Army is believed to have entered 200 metres inside the Indian territory along the Line of Control.

The combined patrol team of BSF and Army was ambushed near Nangi Tekri area. The Pakistan Army fired rocket-propelled grenades and followed it up with mortar firing and mutilation of Indian troops.

Head constable Prem Sagar of the Border Security Force and Naib Subedar Paramjit Singh of 22 Sikh Regiment were mutilated by the Pakistan Army. Another BSF soldier Rajendra Singh received splinter injuries.

PAKISTAN INVITING ITS OWN RUIN

Former home secretary and BJP MP R K Singh said that the manner in which Pakistan's BAT treated Indian soldiers, the Indian Army should pay back in the same coin. "They mutilated the bodies of our two soldiers, we should mutilate the bodies of four Pakistani soldiers," the BJP MP said.

BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that Pakistan is inviting its own destruction, adding that the Indian Army would give a befitting reply to the attack.

A WAY TO LET TERRORIST SLIP IN?

The unprovoked firing at Indian posts comes a day after Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited areas along the Line of Control. During his visit, the Pakistan Army chief accused India of "state-sponsored" terrorism in Kashmir.

According to sources, at least 100 terrorists of Laskar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad are waiting for an opportunity to enter India.

The firing is reportedly a means through which Pakistan is providing cover to terrorists so that they can cross the border and enter India, said sources.

(With inputs from Ashwini Kumar, Kamaljit Sandhu, and Gaurav Sawant)

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