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Armed forces will react appropriately, says Jaitley as Pak denies mutilation of Indian soldiers

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley strongly reacted to the mutilation of the bodies of two Indian soldiers by Pakistan Army and said that armed forces will react appropriately to such acts of barbarism.
India TV News Desk New Delhi May 01, 2017 21:14 IST
India TV News Desk

Reacting strongly to the mutilation of the bodies of two Indian soldiers by Pakistan Army, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today said that armed forces will react appropriately to such acts of barbarism.

Condemning the action by Border action teams (BATs) of Pakistan army, Jaitley said such attacks do not take place during war, let alone peace, and that the whole country has full faith in the armed forces. 

"Bodies of soldiers being mutilated is an extreme form of barbaric act. The government of India strongly condemns this act. The whole country has full faith in our armed forces which will react appropriately to the act," Jaitley said. 

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He said the sacrifice of soldiers will not go in vain. 

"This is a reprehensible and an inhuman act. Such attacks do not take place during war," he said.

In a barbaric attack, an army junior commissioned officer (JCO) and a Border Security Force head constable were killed and their bodies mutilated by a Pakistan army team which sneaked about 250 metres into the Indian territory along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. 

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BAT crossed into the Indian side as the Pakistan Army launched heavy rocket and mortar firing on two forward posts in the Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch. 

The deceased have been identified as Head Constable Prem Sagar of 200th Battalion of the BSF and Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh of 22 Sikh Regiment of the army. 

Pak army denies mutilating bodies of Indian soldiers 

Pakistan Army has denied mutilating the bodies of two Indian security personnel and even refused to acknowledge any ceasefire violation from its side. 

"Pakistan Army did not commit any ceasefire violation on LoC as alleged by India. Indian blame of mutilating Indian soldiers' bodies is also false," a statement from the Pakistan Army's Inter-Services Public Relations wing said. 

"Pakistan Army is a highly professional force and will never disrespect a soldier," it said.