Three Indian soldiers have been martyred in Pakistani action on Line of Control in Machhal in Kashmir, the Army said on Tuesday. The body of one soldier has been recovered in mutilated state. This is the second such incident of mutilation of the body of an Indian soldier on the LoC since October 29. “Three soldiers killed in action on LC (Line of Control) in Machhal. Body of one soldier mutilated,” the Army said in a statement. It added that the “retribution will be heavy for this cowardly act”. The army has said the incident reflects the barbarism pervading in official and unofficial organisations in Pakistan. Pakistani army’s border action team and militants have carried out combined attacks on Indian forces in past.
However, Army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia didn’t specify if the attack was carried out by Pakistani soldiers or terrorist. Army has said the incident reflects the barbarism pervading in official and unofficial organisations in Pakistan. Meanwhile, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was briefed by Vice Chief of Army Lt Gen Bipin Rawat about the attack. PTI, quoting Defence Ministry sources, said Lt Gen Rawat briefed the Minister in detail.
Earlier in the day, the Army neutralised two terrorists in Bandipora district, The Indian Express reported. Shockingly, Rs 2,000 notes, which have been recently introduced by RBI, were recovered from the terrorists. Security forces had cordoned off the area early morning after the terrorists who were holed up there opened fire. On October 28, Mandeep Singh Rawat was killed and his body also mutilated by terrorists in Machhil sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
The incident comes a day after a head constable of the BSF was martyred and five others were injured in firing by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC). Pakistani army’s border action team and militants have carried out combined attacks on Indian forces in past. Pakistani forces have indulged in heavy unprovoked firing since the time Indian forces carried out surgical strikes on terror launch pads across LoC on September 29.
However, with the escalating tensions particularly along the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, Indian Army has been continuously retaliating to the frequent ceasefire violations by Pakistan. Recently, one terrorist was reported neutralised in an operation by forces on November 7, while two soldiers were also injured. While an encounter in Shopian of Jammu and Kashmir saw one militant being killed and a soldier injured on November 5th.