Three Indian soldiers were killed in an encounter along the Line of Control in Machhal sector, Jammu and Kashmir. It was reported that the bodies of one of the soldiers were found to be in a mutilated state. The number of ceasefire violations by Pakistan has increased drastically ever since the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes across the LoC to eliminate a significant number of terrorists. This was conducted in the aftermath of the Uri terror attack that had killed 19 Indian soldiers, enraging the entire nation. Indian has also since then attempted to isolate Pakistan as a state that nurtures terrorism on its soil, globally.
Although, cross-border terrorist activities and ceasefire violations have been a such a normal occurrence that it is sad to witness the news of Indian soldiers dying regularly, what is more, bone chilling is the mutilations carried out by the terrorists and the Pakistan army. While Pakistan has time and again denied any involvement in these mutilations, it is only common knowledge that Pakistan also keeps denying any involvement in terrorist activities on its soil.
After the Kargil war in 1999, Pakistan is an inhuman violation of the Geneva Convention, subjected Captain Saurabh Kalia and his unit to gruesome torture. According to reports by News18, Captain Kalia and his sepoys’ eardrums had been pierced by hot iron rods, their eyes had been punctured and genitals had been chopped off. The autopsy on the bodies of these soldiers had revealed that they had been burnt with cigarettes. They had their limbs cut off, teeth broken and skull fractured during the torture. It was also reported that their lips and nose had been cut off. Pakistan still says that the bodies of Captain Kalia and his unit were found in a pit and they had died due to the “inclement weather”.
During an encounter on October 28, in the Machhal sector of Jammu and Kashmir, a terrorist had mutilated the body of an Indian soldier before managing to escape to the other side while being provided with cover fire from Pakistani army posts.
In January 2013, as reported by the ToI, the bodies of Lance-Naiks Hemraj and Sudhakar Singh of the 13 Rajputana Rifles had been found in a horribly mutilated state in the Mendhar sector of the valley. Although the Indian Army had not revealed the explicit details of the mutilation, it was reported that the Pakistani soldiers, who had been retreating had chopped off the head of one of these soldiers and taken it back with them.
While, there have been other such body mutilation of Indian soldiers, these were the few incidents that have been etched in memories. The Indian Army meanwhile has promised retribution against those responsible for the incident. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has also been briefed about the situation and retaliatory action by the Indian armed forces is likely to be expected.