The top army commanders of India and Pakistan spoke over the hotline on 2 May 2017, a whole day after the Pakistani special forces team snuck across the LoC and beheaded two Indian security personnel.
The contact was established between the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of both the countries at 11.30 am on 2 May, following the talks between the local commanders of the two armies who spoke on the night of 1 may at Rawlakot-Poonch sector along the LoC.
During the talks, Pakistan rejected Indian allegations of ceasefire violation and mutilation of Indian soldiers’ bodies and said that there is an unnecessary media hype following the allegations.
Pakistan further said in its statement that it is fully committed to maintaining peace along the LoC and expects the same from India and hopes that it exercises caution and doesn’t take any step that may destroy the environment.
• The Pakistan’s border action team (BAT) snuck into the Indian side of the LoC on 1 May 2017 as the Pakistan Army launched heavy rocket and mortar firing on two forward posts in the Krishna Ghati sector.
• The team got as far as 250 meters into the Indian territory along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.
• They killed and mutilated the bodies of Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh of 22 Sikh Regiment and Prem Sagar, a Border Security Force head constable.
• A similar inhuman act had taken place on 8 January 2013 as well when the Pakistani BAT had beheaded Lance Naik Hemraj and also severed the head of Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh of 13 Rajputana Rifles at the Krishna Ghati sector.
Uproar in India
The DGMO of the Indian Army called the dastardly and inhuman act beyond any norms of civility and merits unequivocal condemnation and response.
Describing the act as barbaric and inhuman, Union Minister Arun Jaitley promised that the soldiers’sacrifice will not go in vain and that the army would be taking a swift action. He further stated that such acts are unheard of even during a war.
The army too separately vowed to avenge the act with an appropriate response.
The families of both the martyrs too demanded a strong reply from the Union Government against the cruel act. Martyred BSF constable Prem Sagar’s daughter was quoted saying that the family wants 50 heads for her father’s sacrifice.
Mother of Mother of Lance Naik Hemraj, who was murdered similarly in 2013 by Pakistan’s BAT also called on the Centre to step up their retaliation move. She was quoted saying that the government had promised that they will behead 10 people if they beheaded one of ours and till now nothing has been done.
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