The Army says it has recovered evidence of Pakistan’s “complicity” in the beheading of one of its soldiers in the Macchil sector of Jammu and Kashmir last week.
Showing photographs of food, grenades with Pakistan markings as well as night sights and radio sets with the US markings, an officer of the Northern Army Command on Monday said, “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.”
As was reported by TOI, the beheading, apparently the handiwork of a Pakistan Army-backed BAT (border action team), had infuriated the Indian Army, which had vowed “heavy retribution” for the “cowardly mutilation” of the soldier’s body.
Less than 24 hours later, on November 23, the Army had inflicted “significant damage” to 15 to 16 Pakistan Army posts and forward locations by conducting “punitive” fire assaults with heavy-calibre across the Line of Control (LoC).
In the evening that day, the Pakistan DGMO was forced to call up his Indian counterpart Lt-General Ranbir Singh over the hotline for “unscheduled talks”. Since then, there has been relative calm along the LoC after over a month of heavy exchanges of cross-border fire.