Mutilating soldiers is an inhuman act, Indian Army tells Pak DGMO

RSTV Bureau
Jammu: BSF Additional Director General (ADG) Western Command Kamal Nayan Choubey and officials carrying the coffin of head constable Prem Sagar, who lost his life in the ceasefire violation by Pakistan at LoC in Krishnagati sector of Poonch district in Jammu on Tuesday. PTI Photo

Jammu: BSF Additional Director General (ADG) Western Command Kamal Nayan Choubey and officials carrying the coffin of head constable Prem Sagar, who lost his life in the ceasefire violation by Pakistan at LoC in Krishnagati sector of Poonch district in Jammu on Tuesday. PTI Photo

The top army commanders of Pakistan and India talked over the hotline, a day after a Pakistani special forces team sneaked across the Line of Control and beheaded two Indian security personnel.

In the hotline contact between the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of Pakistan and India, India raised the issue of Indian soldiers being mutilated by the Pakistani side.

“The DGMO of the Indian army conveyed that such a dastardly and inhuman act is beyond any norms of civility and merits unequivocal condemnation and response,” the army said in a statement.

The DGMO also conveyed to his Pakistani counterpart that “full fire” support was provided by their army post located in the vicinity of the place where Indian soldiers were decapitated.

Reports said, Pakistan on the other hand, rejected all allegations of ceasefire violation and mutilation of bodies of Indian soldiers.

“Indian counterpart was told that there has been no ceasefire violation from Pakistan side nor mutilation of Indian soldiers’ bodies. Indian authorities were told that there is unnecessary media hype following the allegations,” the army said.

The DGMO-level contact came after the local commanders of the two armies spoke last night at Rawlakot-Poonch sector along the LoC.

The local commander of the Pakistan Army told his Indian counterpart that no ceasefire violation was committed by Pakistan, the military’s Inter-Services Public Relations wing said in a statement.

The statement also said that Pakistan remains fully committed to maintaining peace and tranquillity along the LoC and expects the same from the other side.

Pakistan Army said it hopes prudence is exercised and no steps are taken that may lead to the vitiating of the environment and affect peace along LoC.

A junior commissioned officer (JCO) and a Border Security Force head constable were killed and their bodies mutilated by the Pakistan army team which sneaked about 250 metres into the Indian territory along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan’s border action team (BAT) crossed into the Indian side as the Pakistan Army launched heavy rocket and mortar firing on two forward posts in the Krishna Ghati sector.

The incident evoked a sharp reaction from India with Defence Minister Arun Jaitley saying such attacks do not even take place during war and that the whole country has full faith in the armed forces.

“Bodies of soldiers being mutilated is an extreme form of barbaric act. Government of India strongly condemns this act. The whole country has full faith in our armed forces which will react appropriately to the act,” Jaitley had said.

(With inputs from PTI)