New Delhi, May 1: In January 2013, Lance Naik Hemraj, along with Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh was killed and beheaded by Pakistan’s Border Action Team (BAT). At that moment, the Indian government promised that it will bring 10 heads for this attacks. Now that on Monday the Pakistani authorities repeated the act and beheaded another two Indian army men, Lance Naik Hemraj’s mother claimed that while it was 10 heads for one in case of Hemraj, today’s attack demands decisive war on Pakistan.
After the 2013 incident, the then leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj said that if Pakistan refuses to return the head of the severed soldier, Hemraj, Indian government should react sharply and take revenge by bringing 10 heads from Pakistan. As per India today, she also said that the then Congress government should indeed apologise for the lack of respect shown to the soldiers. It is in this reference, that mother of Hemraj said that it is time for decisive war as Pakistan has been continuing this inhumane act for years now and has been mutilating not just soldiers of India but also the heart of Indians.
Mutilation of Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops is however not one new way of attacking and in the past there has been many similar incidents. The words of Hemraj’s mother in a way emphasise the anger over his death is which was revisited today after the horrific incident.
Lance Naik Hemraj’s death in 2013 attracted widespread media coverage and this latest incident in someways have reminded the Indian authority and the people the fact that they are not adequately ready for such attacks. A report by the Hindustan Times states that even in 2016, there was the incident of terrorists killing a soldier near the Line of Control (LoC) in Machil sector and then mutilating his body. Similar incidents form 2008, 1999, 2000, 2008, 2013 and twice in 2016.
Today, Head constable Prem Sagar of the 200th Battalion of the Border Security Force (BSF) and Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh of the 22 Sikh Regiment were killed and their body was later mutilated. While this inhumane act has made news all over the country, now it is the turn of the Indian army to respond to this incident.
Hemraj’s mother’s ‘decisive war’ comment in this regard is perhaps a war cry for the Indian army to prepare for such major strikes and the Pakistani action has set the way for a major diplomatic reply to the Pakistani counterparts, who have been declining the mutilation charges by the way.