New Delhi, Nov 29th, 2016: The Indian Army on Monday said that they had recovered evidence implying Pakistan’s “complicity” in the killing of three soldiers which also included mutilation of one of the bodies in the Macchil sector of Jammu and Kashmir last week.
An army officer at the Udhampur-based Northern Command said in a statement that “Pakistan had a “direct role” in the mutilation of a soldier’s body along the Line of Control in Machhil sector of Kupwara district on November 22.”
“During our search operations in the area, after the encounter on November 22 in which the body of our soldier was mutilated, various war-like stores and other supplies have been found that indicate Pakistan’s complicity,” he added.
Northern Command tweeted on twitter:
— NorthernComd.IA (@NorthernComd_IA) November 28, 2016
Showing photographs of eatables and other items recovered from the area show the marking of “Pakistan Defense Force”, “Pakistan standard” and the night vision that bears the seal of “Government Property”, which is made by the US and used by the Pakistan army, the officer said.
However, after the incident took place, the Northern Command vowed “heavy retribution for the cowardly act” and also said that “The cowardly act of mutilating the body of one of the Indian soldiers had all the signatures of a BAT (Border Action Team) operation by Pakistan army using terrorists and its soldiers”.
On October 28, aided by the cover fire by Pakistani Army, militants had crossed the Line of Control and killed an army jawan and mutilated his body in Machhil sector. One attacker was killed in that incident.
In June 2008, a soldier of the 2/8 Gorkha Rifles lost his way and was captured by a Pakistani Border Action Team (BAT) in Kel sector. His body was found beheaded few days later.