New Delhi: India today summoned Pakistan’s envoy Abdul Basit and conveyed outrage over the killing and mutilation of two soldiers by Pakistan’s Border Action Team or BAT on Monday.
“The government demanded that Pakistan take immediate action against its soldiers and commanders responsible for the heinous act,” tweeted foreign ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay.
New Delhi told Pakistan it was significant that the attack was preceded by cover fire from Pakistani posts. “Blood samples of Indian soldiers collected and the trail of blood on Roza Nala clearly shows that the killers returned across the LoC (Line of Control),” Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar reportedly told Mr Basit.
Naib Subedar Paramjit Singh of the Indian Army and Constable Prem Sagar of the Border Security Force or BSF were part of a three-member patrol team that was near the Line of Control to check on a snapped communication line when they were ambushed by Pakistani forces. Pakistan’s Border Action Team (BAT) included army men and terrorists.
The mutilated bodies of Constable Sagar and Naib Subedar Paramjit Singh were found around 8:30 on Monday morning. Top sources said they could have been trapped and there is a possibility that the terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba could have been involved in the attack, with the backing of the Pakistani army.
Top commanders of India and Pakistan spoke on a hotline hours after Delhi warned that the army will exact revenge.
Vice Chief of Army Staff Sarath Chand has said that “Pakistan will have to face the consequences and the army will respond to the dastardly act at a time and place of its choosing.”