New Delhi, May 2: A day after the two Indian soldiers were killed and their bodies mutilated, Indian Army on Tuesday adopting a tough posture described the act as ‘dastardly and inhuman. The Indian Army also told the Pakistani Army that the incident invoked an “unequivocal” response.
Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt. Gen. A. K. Bhatt in a weekly conversation expressed serious concern about the incident’. However, Pakistan has rejected the charge as ‘baseless’.
“The DGMO has conveyed concern about the presence of Border Action Teams (BAT) training camps in the close vicinity of LoC in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). He 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 on Tuesday.
On Monday, the two soldiers of a joint patrol team of the Army and the Border Security Force were ambushed by BAT 200 metres from the LoC in KG sector opposite Battal in PoK and two soldiers were killed and their bodies mutilated.
Such a “dastardly and inhuman act is beyond any norms of civility and merits unequivocal condemnation and response”, Bhatt was quoted as saying in an Indian Army statement.
Bhatt expressed grave concern about Monday’s incident in which “Pak troops targeted (an) Indian patrol on Indian side of the LoC” in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district and “mutilated bodies of two soldiers”.
The Pakistan DGMO had “rejected baseless and unfounded Indian allegations of mutilation” of Indian Army soldiers’ bodies by the Pakistan Army. He reiterated that neither any Cease Fire Violations (CFV) occurred in the sector nor crossing of LoC by troops had taken place.
“DGMO Pakistan Army highlighted that Pakistan Army is a professional military outfit and upholds the highest standards of conduct. Allegations of mutilation are an Indian attempt to divert the attention of the world from the situation within the Valley,” the ISPR said.
In addition, the Pakistani DGMO had asked for “actionable evidence” and urged that the Indian Army should look inwards to probe the incidence, it said.
He also cautioned his Indian counterpart that they were fully committed to maintain peace and tranquillity along the LoC and “any misadventure shall be appropriately responded at a place and time of own choosing,” it added.
The DGMOs speak every Tuesday, a mechanism put in place to avoid escalation along the LoC.
The Indian Army’s statement echoed the views of the BSF. The cross-LoC attack was well planned and carried out by the BAT that had army regulars and terrorists, said Kamal Nayan Choubey, additional director general BSF’s Western Command.
Some reports claimed the patrol party walked into a trap and was ambushed.
“If there is a need to revisit the SOPs (standard operating procedure), the army will do it in tandem with the BSF,” Choubey said.
Indian Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat, who arrived in Srinagar on Monday evening for a two-day visit, will meet top officials of his force and the defence ministry.
The attack came a day after Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa visited areas along the LoC opposite Krishna Ghati sector.
BATs are used by Pakistan for raids across the LoC. Pakistan’s elite Special Services Group forms the core of BATs but terrorists too are known to join them.