In­dian sol­dier be­headed in en­counter with mil­i­tants

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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.

PTI

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