The mutilation of a soldier’s body on early Friday near the LoC has set the stage for a fresh wave of anger, intelligence reports have warned the government. This warning have come in the middle of most intense violence on the LoC since 2003, when both countries implemented an unwritten ceasefire.
On Saturday, the Indian Army destroyed four Pakistan posts in the Keran sector along the LoC. Heavy casualties are inficted in the assault. Earlier in the day, Indian soldier Mandeep Singh was killed and his body was mutilated by terrorists in an encounter in Machhil sector of Kupwara district, near LoC .
‘The Sunday Express’ quoted officer serving with the 53 Brigade as saying that there is anger among the troops over the disrespect shown to Singh’s body. He was part of the patrol sent out from Kala Post to guard against infiltrating jihadists who were advantage of fire directed by Pakistani troops on Khan Basti, Dana and Tantray Basti, an arc of villages near a mountain stream that leads up from the Neelum river. Another officer said the soldier might have been killed in an ambush, or lost his footing and fallen into a stream, before being executed, a ‘The Indian Express’ report has said.
In a statement released on Saturday, the army said that in an encounter close to the LoC a soldier was martyred and one terrorist was killed. But Kupwara police said they did not receive any information of the killing of the terrorist, which is a legal requirement.
In 2013, beheading of Lance Naik Hem Raj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Naik led to major India-Pakistan crisis. Pakistan also alleged a month after the incident that one of its soldiers had been executed by Indian army after being taken prisoner .