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Pakistan troops kill 2 jawans, behead, mutilate one of them

Posted by :) on January 9, 2013


 IB Had Tipped Off Army On LoC Infiltration

Source – Rajat Pandit & Josy Joseph TNN

New Delhi: Pakistani troops on Tuesday crossed over into Indian territory, beheaded an Indian soldier and killed another in the Mendhar sector of Jammu & Kashmir. This brings to mind the brutality perpetrated during the 1999 Kargil conflict and is likely to make peace making more difficult now.
The Pakistani Army’s border action team took advantage of the thick fog in the forested mountainous region to sneak 500 to 600 metres across the Line of Control. The Indian troops engaged the Pakistani soldiers in a 30-minute, close-quarters gunbattle before driving them back just before noon.
The ceasefire violation and incursion seemed to be a diversionary manoeuvre to push infiltrators into J&K, as has been the earlier practice of the Pakistani Army. But its attempts met with stiff resistance from the Indian troops. Thanks to an Intelligence Bureau tipoff, the troops were fully alert to thwart any nefarious design.
After the gunbattle, the bodies of Lance-Naiks Hemraj and Sudhakar Singh were found. The duo were part of an area domination patrol of the 13 Rajputana Rifles. One of them was badly mutilated.
Although the Army did not give more details of the barbarism, sources said the retreating Pakistani soldiers had chopped off the head of one of the Indian soldiers and taken it back with them.
An outraged Indian Army dubbed the crime “yet another grave provocation’’ by the Pakistanis, and said that the matter would be “taken up sternly through official channels’’. Given the gravity of the situation, PM Manmohan Singh, who was in Kochi on Tuesday afternoon, was briefed over the phone.
The defence ministry said: “We condemn the provocative action. The government will take up the incident with the Pakistan government. We expect Islamabad to honour the ceasefire agreement (which came into force in November 2003) strictly.”
Predictably, the Pakistan military denied its troops crossed over into India or indulged in a truce violation on Tuesday. “It looks like an Indian propaganda to divert world attention from the raid conducted by Indian troops on one of our posts on Sunday, in which one of our soldiers was killed,’’ it said.
Tuesday’s decapitation evoked memories of the barbaric way in which Captain Saurabh Kalia was tortured by his Pakistani captors during the 1999 Kargil conflict.
BRAZEN INTRUSION 
Pak troops attack patrol party along line of control (LoC) in Mendhar sector, coming around 500m into Indian territory. Army had been tipped-off by the IB
Kill two Lance Naiks, Hemraj and Sudhakar Singh; injure two others
Pakistanis beheaded one of the soldiers and took away the head as a trophy, said sources. Army confirms that the jawan’s body had been mutilated
Army sees attack as “significant escalation” over continuing series of ceasefire violations and infiltration attempts

India to lodge strong protest over J&K raid 
New Delhi: The defeat in Kargil did not chasten the Pakistani security establishment into mending its ways and stop violating the Geneva Convention which lays down how captured soldiers should be treated. In February 2000, Pakistani terrorist and al-Qaida member Ilyas Kashmiri had led a raid on the Indian Army’s “Ashok Listening Post’’ in the Nowshera sector killing seven Indian soldiers.
Even then, Kashmiri had taken back to Pakistan the head of a 24-year-old jawan, Bhausaheb Maruti Talekar of the 17 Maratha Light Infantry, as a trophy.
He is believed to have been honoured by General Pervez Musharraf himself at a ceremony later.
On Tuesday, the defence ministry said the directorgeneral of military operations, Lt-General Vinod Bhatia, had taken up the issue “directly” with his Pakistani counterpart. With the PM landing back in New Delhi later on Tuesday, the ministry of external affairs is likely to summon a top Pakistani official on Wednesday to lodge a strong protest over the matter.
Sources said Army chief General Bikram Singh briefed national security adviser Shivshankar Menon on the “significant escalation’’ in ceasefire violations by the Pakistan Army in recent days. “Pakistan Army is regularly giving covering fire to help terrorists infiltrate into J&K, especially in the Rajouri, Uri and Keran sectors. If there were 61 such violations in 2011, as many as 120 have been recorded in the last one year,’’ an official said.
ON THEIR TOES: A file picture of BSF men standing guard along India-Pakistan Chachwal border outpost

 

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