On a day when Pakistani Army killed and mutilated bodies of two Indian soldiers along the Line of Control (LoC), Pakistani terrorists killed six people, including four police personnel, to loot the cash van of a bank in Kashmir. The first incident was confirmed by the Northern Command of Indian Army in a tweet, which termed Pakistani Army’s action as “unsoldierly” and “despicable”. The Indian Army also vowed to take appropriate action against the Pakistani Army. The second incident was also confirmed by Jammu and Kashmir police.
Responding to the barbaric act by Pakistani Army, Union Defence Minister of India, Arun Jaitley, condemned the incident and said Indian Army would give a fitting response. “The sacrifice of Indian Army would not go in vain,” Jaitley said.
“Two of our soldiers in Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch have been killed and their bodies mutilated by our neighbours. This is a reprehensible and inhumane act. Such attacks don’t even take place during war, let alone peace. Bodies of soldiers being mutilated is an extreme form of barbaric act. Govt of India strongly condemns this act,” Jaitley said.
Here is all we know about both incidents so far:
- Pakistan violated the ceasefire agreement at around 8.30 am in the morning on Monday and killed an Indian army JCO and a BSF head constable, while another soldier was injured in district Poonch of Jammu and Kashmir. The bodies of the two Indian soldiers were also mutilated by the Pakistan Army, according to a release by Northern Command of Indian Army.
- The Northern Command of Indian Army said, “Pak Army carried out unprovoked rocket and mortar firing on two forward posts on the line of control in Krishna Ghati Sector. Simultaneously a BAT action was launched on a patrol operating in between the two posts. In an unsoldierly act by the Pak Army the bodies of two of our soldiers in the patrol were mutilated. Such despicable act of Pakistan Army will be appropriately responded.”
- According to a PTI report, the Indian Army patrol team was taken by surprise by a group of Pakistani special forces who had set up an ambush more than 250 metres deep inside Indian territory. Pakistan’s Border Action Team (BAT) 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.
- “Their target was a patrol party of 7-8 members, which had come out of a post,” the officer said, adding that as the posts were engaged, the patrol team members ran for cover. In the process, two members were left behind and targeted by the BAT.,” a senior officer told PTI.
- Head Constable Prem Sagar of 200th Battalion of the BSF and Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh of 22 Sikh Regiment of the army were killed and their bodies mutilated.
- Meanwhile, Pakistan Army has denied allegation of ceasefire violation. The Pakistani Army has also said that allegation of mutilating Indian soldiers’ bodies also false. According to PTI, Pakistan’s ISPR has said that Pak Army shall never disrespect a soldier.
- In another incident in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, terrorists killed four policemen and two bank officials besides looting a cash van of a bank in Kulgam district of Kashmir, PTI reported police as saying.
- DIG south Kashmir SP Pani said that the cops and the bank officials were killed by the terrorists after dragging them out of their vehicle.
Incident Krishna Ghati Sector . Statement attached. pic.twitter.com/yyNFqCEHDm
— NorthernComd.IA (@NorthernComd_IA) May 1, 2017
- Earlier in the morning, according to PTI, Pakistan violated the ceasefire agreement at around 8.30 am by firing rockets at a forward defense location (FDL) post of the BSF along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch.
- “At about 0830 hours, there was heavy firing from Pakistani (army) posts at BSF posts along the LoC in Krishnagati sector of Poonch district with rockets and automatic weapons,” a senior BSF officer told PTI. He said that a junior commissioned officer (JCO) of the army and a BSF constable were killed in the attack, while another BSF jawan was injured.
- According to the officer, Indian troops guarding LOC retaliated effectively.
- In the last one month, Pakistani troops have breached the ceasefire agreement along LOC in Poonch and Rajouri sectors seven times.
The Act of killing & mutilating the bodies of two of our soldiers is the most reprehensible & barbaric. The sacrifice will not go in vain.
— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) May 1, 2017
We have fullest confidence in our Armed forces who will react appropriately.
— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) May 1, 2017
- Monday’s ceasefire violation took place a day after Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited the LOC at Haji Pir sector in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and made some provocative statements against India.
- According to a press release by Pakistan’s ISPR on Sunday, General Bajwa said, “Indian aggression and frustration vents at the people of IOK and Pakistani villages along LOC/Working Boundary, but we must keep our response purely in military domain in accordance with our values.
- “The violence perpetuated by Indian Forces in IOK is state-sponsored terrorism by all definitions. This violence riles up passions on this side of the LOC as well as people of Pakistan can not remain indifferent to the barbaric treatment meted out to defenceless Kashmiris including women and children.
- “The Kashmiris have a right to live without fear and repression. We will always stand by their rightful political struggle for the right of self-determination and recourse to basic human rights.”
- Pakistan had violated the ceasefire in Poonch sector on April 19 and shelled mortars on forward posts in Noushera sector on April 17. Pakistan had resorted to firing in the same sector on April 8, in Poonch district on April 5, in Bhimbher Gali (BG) sector on April 4 and twice on April 3 in Balakote and (Digwar) Poonch sectors, according to PTI.
(With inputs from agencies)