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The Indian Army has already vowed an “appropriate” response to the “despicable act”. The Pakistan army has denied that it was involved in the attack. Photo: Hindustan Times
The Indian Army has already vowed an “appropriate” response to the “despicable act”. The Pakistan army has denied that it was involved in the attack. Photo: Hindustan Times

Beheading of 2 soldiers dastardly act: DGMO to Pakistan Army

Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh of 22 Sikh Infantry and Head Constable Prem Sagar of 200th Battalion of BSF were killed in Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday

New Delhi: The Indian army on Tuesday told the Pakistani military that mutilating bodies of two soldiers was a “dastardly and inhuman act" which called for a response and unequivocal condemnation.

India’s Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) spoke to his Pakistan counterpart and expressed “grave concern" about the killing and beheading of two soldiers by Pakistan in the Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir yesterday.

“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 the Pakistani Army post located in the vicinity of the incident site.

The army said the DGMO also conveyed India’s concerns about the presence of Border Action Team (BAT) training camps in close vicinity of the Line of Control in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir.

The Indian Army has already vowed an “appropriate" response to the “despicable act".

The Pakistan army has denied that it was involved in the attack. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley had said on Monday that the “sacrifice (of the two killed) will not go in vain" and the Indian armed forces will react “appropriately" to the “inhuman act" of the Pakistani troops.

“This is a reprehensible and an inhuman act. Such attacks don’t even take place during war, let alone during peace time.

Bodies of soldiers being mutilated is an extreme form of barbaric act," the defence minister said.

The soldiers killed were Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh of 22 Sikh Infantry and Head Constable Prem Sagar of 200th Battalion of BSF.

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Meanwhile, the Army and the BSF bid farewell to Naib Subedar Paramjit Singh and Head Constable Prem Sagar who were beheaded by Pakistani forces in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

A wreath-laying ceremony was organised in Poonch in their honour which was attended by top ranking security officials.

The mortal remains of Singh, who belonged to the 22 Sikh Infantry, have been flown to his native Vainpoin village in Punjab’s Tarn Taran district.

The body of Prem Sagar, of the 200th Battalion of BSF, has been flown to New Delhi for further journey to his native place in Uttar Pradesh.

42-year-old Singh is survived by his wife Paramjeet Kaur. Sagar (45) hailed from Takenpur in UP’s Deoria district. He is survived by his wife Shanti.

Under the cover of heavy rocket and mortar fire, Pakistan’s Border Action Team (BAT) had sneaked 250 meters across the Line of Control into the Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir and beheaded the two soldiers yesterday.

The Indian Army has vowed an “appropriate" response to the “despicable act".

Anti-Pakistan protests meanwhile rocked Poonch and Jammu district over the killing. In Poonch, locals and ex-servicemen shouted anti-Pakistan slogans as the mortal remains of two soldiers were being taken to Jammu.

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