With tensions raising along the International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, Intelligence agencies have suspected Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) group with the backing of Pakistan Army for the killing and mutilation of 17 Sikh battalion sepoy Mandeep Singh. Mandeep was killed in an encounter in Machhil sector of Kupwara district, near LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, a report said. Mandeep Singh was killed and his body was mutiliated by terrorists on Friday evening. Paying tribute to the soldier the Army has warned of ‘effectively and military-like’ to Pakistan post the attack. Top government sources said that some 250-300 terrorists of both JeM and largely Lashkar-e-Tayyebba (LeT) are waiting in depth beyond the launching pads to infiltrate across the LoC for taking on the security forces. Indian national security establishment has discussed the possibility of a BAT ( Border Action Team) action by Pak terrorists along the LoC after September 28-29 surgical strikes by Indian special forces in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). Indian Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh had alerted the Northern Command on the possibility of such action, according to the report.
Home Ministry reports also indicate all the 101 BSF/Army posts have been targeted by Pakistani Army since September 28-29 with Uri and Machchil sector pounded by enemy mortars since surgical strikes. The Pakistani Army is firing across the IB and LoC with heavy machine guns and 82 inch mortars to facilitate infiltration by pinning down Indian security forces.
In another attack, BSF jawan Constable Koli Nitin Subhash was hit in an attack from Pakistan in Manchil sector of the valley. The jawan succumbed to his injuries in the morning. Since October 21, four BSF jawans and two Army soldiers have died in clashes and ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the IB and LoC in Kashmir.