An Indian soldier was beheaded by “terrorists” who sneaked across the Line of Control aided by covering fire from the Pakistani army, Indian Army sources said tonight.
The slain soldier was identified as Rifleman Manjeet Singh of the 17 Sikh Light Infantry. The attack took place at the Macchil sector in Kashmir’s Kupwara on Friday evening, the sources said.
An Indian Army spokesperson did not say that the soldier had been beheaded – an extremely sensitive issue. The beheading of an Indian soldier in January 2013 is believed to have triggered a raid across the border by Indian forces a few months later.
Tonight, the army spokesperson said the soldier’s body had been “mutilated in a barbaric act” and added: “The incident will be responded to appropriately.”
“One soldier was martyred and one terrorist was killed. The terrorists mutilated the body of the jawan before fleeing back into Pakistan-occupied Kashmir under the cover of firing by the Pakistani army,” the army spokesperson said.
He said the incident reflected the barbarism pervading official and unofficial organizations in Pakistan.