Indian soldier beheaded in encounter with militants
An army jawan was killed on Friday and his body mutilated by a group of militants close to the line of control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Macchil sector. The militants fled to Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir under the cover of Pakistani fire.
One of the infiltrators was also killed in the gunfight, an army spokesperson said. “In a despicable act, the terrorists mutilated the body of the Indian Army soldier… This act will invite an appropriate response,” the spokesperson said. Sources said the militants, who attacked 12 Indian posts, beheaded the soldier.
The barbarism was a true reflection that pervaded official and nonofficial organisations across the border, the spokesperson said.
In 2013, Pakistani soldiers crossed the line of control and attacked a patrol party, killing two soldiers and mutilating the bodies. One of the soldiers was also beheaded. Earlier in the day, the BSF said it had killed 15 Pakistani soldiers in the last one week, a claim dismissed as baseless by the Islamabad that said six civilians IG BSF DK Upadhyay pays tribute to BSF head constable Jitender Kumar Singh, who was killed in Pak firing, in Jammu on Friday.
died in Indian firing a day ago.
Civilians continue to be in the firing line on the Indian side as well. A woman and a 15-year-old boy were killed when Pakistan targeted Indian posts and villages along the LoC on another day of heavy cross-border shelling.
An army officer and Border Security Force personnel were also injured in Poonch district, but the army and BSF denied that the men were wounded. Talking to mediapersons, BSF additional director general Arun Kumar said the border guards had killed 15 Pakistani Rangers during the week following the death of constable Gurnam Singh who was shot by a sniper on October 21.