New Delhi: Three Indian soldiers were killed and the body of one of them mutilated on Tuesday allegedly by Pakistani troops at the Line of Control (LoC) along Kashmir’s Machhal sector in the Kupwara district, the Indian Army said.
The incident comes just a day after BSF head constable Rai Singh was killed in firing at Rajouri.
“Three soldiers have been killed in action on the LoC (sic) in Machhal. The body of one soldier has been mutilated. Retribution will be heavy for this cowardly act,” the Indian Army’s Northern Command said.
The Army said the counter-infiltration party was attacked, and defence minister Manohar Parrikar was briefed about the situation.
Parrikar later sounded out a warning on such unprovoked, barbaric incidents from across the border, reportedly asking the Indian Army to “retaliate in the strongest possible manner.”
Firing and shelling by Pakistani troops was on in Machhal throughout Tuesday morning.
The brutality comes just days before the retirement of Pakistan Army chief general Raheel Sharif.
On 28 October, sepoy Mandeep Singh’s body was mutilated by a militant in Kupwara district near the LoC while the Indian Army was engaged in cross-border firing with Pakistan. During the encounter, a terrorist—who was being given cover fire from the Pakistan side—reportedly mutilated the body of the soldier before fleeing into Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Following Singh’s death, the Army had said on Monday, “In a despicable act, the terrorists mutilated the body of the Indian Army soldier before fleeing into PoK, supported by covering fire from Pakistani Army posts. This barbarism is a true reflection which pervades official and non-official organisations across the border. This act will invite an appropriate response.”
Pakistani forces have indulged in heavy unprovoked firing since the time Indian forces carried out surgical strikes on terror hubs across LoC on 29 September. There have been more than 280 incidents of firing and shelling along the LoC and the International Border (IB) in Jammu & Kashmir by Pakistani troops, since then.