DGMO lodges strong protest with Pak over killing over killing of 2 Indian soldiers



New Delhi: The Director General Military Operation (DGMO) today registered a strong protest with his counterpart on the killing of two Indian Army soldiers and mutilation of their bodies by its troops, terming it as violation of rules of engagement by any "civilised" army.

"Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia talked to Lt Gen Ashfaq Nadeem on the hotline at 1000 hours and lodged a strong protest while giving details of the incident and conveyed that Pakistani Army regular troops were involved," an Army spokesperson said here.

"A strong protest was also lodged against the mutilation of the bodies of the two soldiers which is the violation of the rules of engagement by any civilised and professional Army," he said.

India and Pakistan have a ceasefire agreement since 2003 under which the Rules of Engagements have been specified.

However, the Pakistani General claimed that Pakistani Army regulars were not involved in the incident.

Sources said the Army officials have also talked about the "serious consequences" that the incident may have.

On the suggestion of an internal probe into the incident by Lt Gen Bhatia, "the Pakistani General said the Pakistan Army was sure about the incident and said its troops did not cross the LoC."

On the Pakistani allegation that Indian troops had attacked its personnel on January 6, the spokesperson said the Indian Army has already denied any such incident.

The two soldiers killed in he Poonch sector were Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh who hailed from Sidhi in Madhya Pradesh and Lance Naik Hemraj who was from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh.

Pakistani regular soldiers crossed into Indian territory at Mendher area and ambushed an Indian patrol killing two soldiers, one of whom was decapitated.

The attack took place along the LoC when Pakistani troops came about 600 metres into Indian territory and assaulted the patrol party.

PTI