Press Esc to close
Sunday 07 February 2016
News updated at 1:57 PM IST
Weather
Max: 32°C
Min : 18°C
In Bengaluru
Partially cloudy

Second beheading in two years by Pakistan

New Delhi, Jan 10, 2013, DHNS:

The Army called past deaths one of many sacrifices by soldiers

The killing and mutilation of two Indian  soldiers in Pooch, allegedly by Pakistani troops, is not a one-off incident. In August 2011, Pakistani soldiers had perpetrated similar violence on three Indian soldiers in the Kupwara area of the Valley.

However, the Army and the defence ministry had hushed up the incident. The Army officially described the deaths as one of the many sacrifices by the soldiers to foil infiltration bids along the India-Pakistan border.

Back then, Pakistani soldiers had killed two army personnel of the 20 Kumaon regiment and one from the 19 Rajputana Rifles who were patrolling the Farkian Gali area close to the LoC in the Kupwara sector of Kashmir, security officials said. After mutilating their bodies, the Pakistani soldiers took away the heads of Havaldar Jaipal Singh Adhikari and Lance Naik Devender Singh of the 20 Kumaon regiment as war trophies.

The UPA government on Wednesday lodged a strong protest against the Pakistani troops crossing over the line of control in the Mendhar sector of Poonch recently, killing two jawans of the 13 Rajputana Rifles and decapitating one of them. Islamabad, however, charged that the Indian troops breached the fence and killed a jawan two days before the LoC skirmish. Sources said the execution of jawans appeared to be the work of specialised state actors trained in close combat, either from the special services group or the Ballooch regiment, posted on the other side of the Jammu border. They ruled out involvement of any Pakistan-based terrorist outfit, citing that they are neither trained nor courageous enough to engage soldiers in one-on-one combat. Their modus operandi is constricted to planting bombs or the shoot-and-scoot tactic. Though the soldiers usually adhere to certain rules of engagement during the clashes, the Pakistani soldiers took away the heads of the Indian army personnel to project it as the handiwork of militants, sources suggested.

Killing and beheading of soldiers is a medieval practice prevalent among the Taliban, purported to impose their might and instill fear among the people. For instance, the Tehrek-e-Taliban Pakistan has decapitated dissenters in the north-west region, including spies. In June last year, the Taliban captured Pakistani soldiers and beheaded them in public.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
CRPF women wing showing their skills at Lucknow Mahotsav on Saturday...

CRPF women wing showing their skills at Lucknow Mahotsav on Saturday...

Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni celebrating the first birthday of his daughter Ziva...

Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni celebrating the first birthday of his daughter Ziva...

Supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community attend the 'Pride March'...

Supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community attend the 'Pride March'...

Guest lecturers staged a protest in front of District in charge minister Qamarull Islamaaos house...

Guest lecturers staged a protest in front of District in charge minister Qamarull Islamaaos house...

Participants perform yoga during the “Yoga Festival celebration of Peace & Harmony”...

Participants perform yoga during the “Yoga Festival celebration of Peace & Harmony”...

Indian swimmer Shivani Kataria shows her gold medal that she wom in women's 200-metre freestyle...

Indian swimmer Shivani Kataria shows her gold medal that she wom in women's 200-metre freestyle...

Gold Medal winner Priyanka Singh of India (C), silver medal winner SPS Niroshani of Sri Lanka (L)...

Gold Medal winner Priyanka Singh of India (C), silver medal winner SPS Niroshani of Sri Lanka (L)...

Gold medal winner Harshdeep of India, silver medal winner Chamari Mendis...

Gold medal winner Harshdeep of India, silver medal winner Chamari Mendis...

India's Guru Raja competes to win gold in the 56 kg men's weightlifting event...

India's Guru Raja competes to win gold in the 56 kg men's weightlifting event...

Gold medal winner in 30 kilometre cycle race Bidyalaxmi Tourangbam (C), silver medal winner Chaoba..

Gold medal winner in 30 kilometre cycle race Bidyalaxmi Tourangbam (C), silver medal winner Chaoba..

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523