Ceasefire violation by Pak: India retaliates, destroys three Pakistani posts

Under the cover of heavy mortar fire, a Pakistani special forces team sneaked 250 metres across LoC into the Poonch sector and beheaded two Indian security personnel.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: May 01, 2017, 23:01 PM IST
Ceasefire violation by Pak: India retaliates, destroys three Pakistani posts

Srinagar: Retaliating to Pakistan's ceasefire violation in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch sector, India on Monday fired at Pakistani posts and destroyed three of them. 

Earlier, under the cover of heavy mortar fire, a Pakistani special forces team sneaked 250 metres across the Line of Control (LoC) into the Poonch sector and beheaded two Indian security personnel today.

The attack was carried out by the Border Action Team (BAT), which comprises the special forces, under the cover of shelling by Pakistani troops in Krishna Ghati Sector in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

The Army issued a statement saying that the bodies of an army soldier and a BSF head constable were mutilated but a senior army officer told PTI that they were beheaded.

The soldiers killed were Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh of 22 Sikh Infantry and Head Constable Prem Sagar of 200th Battalion of BSF. A BSF constable Rajinder Singh was injured but is out of danger.

The BAT team had set up an ambush to target the patrol party of the Indian soldiers while the Pakistan Army engaged two Indian forward defence locations (FDL) with rockets and mortar bombs, the officials said.

"It was a pre-planned operation of the Pakistan Army. They had pushed in BAT teams over 250 meters deep inside Indian territory and set up ambushes for a long period to carry out the attack," a senior army official said.

According to reports, at 0825 hours, Pakistani army's 647 Mujahid Battalion targeted India's forward post 'Kirpan' from its post 'Pimple' in Krishna Ghati sector.

It was followed by attack on another forward post in the same area.

Meanwhile, in Islamabad, the Pakistani army said it did not commit any ceasefire violation on LoC or a BAT action in the Krishna Ghati sector.

(With PTI inputs)