India again blames Pakistan for soldiers' mutilation
- Author: Kyle Warner May 03, 2017,
May 03, 2017, 0:20
Pakistan has denied the allegation, saying its army "was a highly professional force" that would "never disrespect a soldier".
"At that time, when there is a burst fire coming from four sides, the first reaction is really to save one self. We should retaliate to this inhuman act of Pakistan; the Centre should not just sit idle and let Pakistan carry on its atrocities", said the constable's relative. "Such attacks do not take place (even) during war". "The sacrifice of these two soldiers will not go in vain", Jaitley said.
This unsoldierly act by Pakistan Army has drawn harsh criticism from every corner for the extreme form of barbarism.
India's Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, who also holds the finance portfolio, condemned the latest killings which he called "reprehensible and barbaric".
The incident, marking yet another low in the fractured India-Pakistan relationship, comes about six months after an Indian Army soldier was killed and his body mutilated close to the LoC in the Machil sector on October 28 a year ago.
"The BSF works under the operational command of the army at the LOC".
The top officer said it was a "very very well coordinated and planned action" by the Pakistani army.
Another guard from India's Border Security Force was injured in the initial firing from Pakistan, Joshi said. He was part of a 15 member team of Lashkar and Jaish terrorists in the BAT team that killed Hemraj and Sudhakar. Their bodies were badly mutilated, the official said.
Pakistan has said that it remains fully committed to maintain peace and tranquility along the Line of Control (LoC).
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The attack was carried out by the Border Action Team (BAT).
Defence experts say that the Pakistani BAT beheads and mutilate the bodies of Indian soldiers to terrorise troops and wage psychological warfare. "Allegations of mutilation are an Indian attempt to divert the attention of world from situation within the Valley", Mirza claimed. Several Pakistani soldiers of the 647 Mujahideen battalion were there.
It was followed by attack on another forward post in the same area.
However, the officials said, all these camps have resurfaced since January and at least 20 new camps too have come into existence.
The Indian troops retaliated and the firing continued for some time. Hitting out at the BAT, he said the unit is a mix of army personnel and mujahideen.
Meanwhile, the Indian army has vowed revenge for the mutilation of its soldiers' bodies. Constable Rajinder Singh of the BSF suffered injuries. His body was found beheaded after a few days.
More than 65,000 people have been killed in the terrorism-induced Indian state since 1989.
Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British rule in 1947, but both claim the territory in its entirety.
Pakistan's DGMO reiterated that neither had a ceasefire violation occurred in the specified sector, nor had Pakistani troops crossed the LoC.