Indian Army today foiled an attack by Pakistan’s Border Action Team (BAT) at Uri Sector in Jammu and Kashmir, according to TV reports. It has been learned that 2 Pakistan army men were killed in the process. Alert troops foiled a BAT attack on our patrol party in Uri sector today. Two BAT terrorists were killed in the operation, an army official was quoted as saying by PTI. The BAT attack was effectively repulsed, the official said. According to police sources, the bodies of the two slain militants were lying in no man’s land along the LoC, as per PTI report.
On May 1, the dreaded (BAT) had set up an ambush more than 250 metres deep inside Indian territory and beheaded two security personnel. BAT had set up the ambush and waited for long for the patrol team, while Pakistani troops attacked two forward posts with rockets and mortar bombs along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir
A senior officer had said at that time, “It was a pre-planed operation by Pakistan army. They had pushed in the Border Action Team over 250 metres deep inside Indian territory and set up the ambush for a long period to carry out the attack,” according to PTI report.
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The BAT is specifically employed for trans-LoC action.
In Pakistan, the SSG (special services group) forms the core of BAT. It’s primary task is to dominate the LoC by carrying out disruptive actions in the form of surreptitious raids
There have been several BAT attacks in the past in which jawans have been beheaded or their bodies mutilated.
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On October 28, 2016, militants attacked a post and killed an Indian Army soldier and mutilated his body close to the Line of Control (LoC) in the Machil sector
In January 2013, Lance Naik Hemraj was killed and his body mutilated by a BAT unit. It also beheaded Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh. Constable Rajinder Singh of the BSF battalion suffered injuries in the attack
In June 2008, a soldier of the 2/8 Gorkha Rifles lost his way and was captured by a Pakistani Border Action Team (BAT) in Kel sector. His body was found beheaded after a few days.
During the 1999 Kargil conflict, Captain Saurabh Kalia was tortured by his Pakistani captors who later handed over his mutilated body to India.
In February, 2000, terrorist Ilyas Kashmiri had led a raid on the Indian Army’s ‘Ashok Listening Post’ in the Nowshera sector to kill seven Indian soldiers. Kashmiri had taken back to Pakistan the head of the 24-year-old Indian jawan, Bhausaheb Maruti Talekar of the 17 Maratha Light Infantry.