Three soldiers for the Indian Army were killed and the body of one was mutilated by militants on Tuesday in an encounter close to the Line of Control (LoC) in Macchal sector of Kashmir’s Kupwara district, the army’s Northern Command said.
“Retribution will be heavy for this cowardly act,” the army said in a tweet.
Earlier in the day, security forces gunned down two militants in J-K’s Bandipora district. Two freshly minted Rs 2,000 notes were found on them.
A cache of arms and ammunition were recovered, in addition to Rs 15,000 in cash — two Rs 2,000 notes and the remaining in Rs 100 notes.
Second Mutilation In A Month
Last month, Mandeep Singh, a soldier of the 17th Sikh Regiment, was killed in an encounter and his body mutilated by terrorists in the same Machhil sector of Kupwara area of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Indian Army, in an official statement, said the soldier’s body was “mutilated” and added that it would retaliate with an “appropriate response”.
During the Kargil war in 1999, Captain Saurabh Kalia, soldiers Arjunram Baswana, Mula Ram Bidiasar, Naresh Singh Sinsinwar, Bhanwar Lal Bagaria and Bhika Ram Mudh of the 4 Jat Regiment were captured by Pakistani troops and brutally tortured.
The soldiers had their ear drums pierced with hot iron rods, eyes punctured and genitals cut off. The autopsy of the bodies also revealed that they were burnt with cigarettes butts. Their limbs were also chopped off, teeth broken and skull fractured during the torture. Even their nose and lips were sliced off.
In another incident, on January 8, 2013, Pakistani soldiers entered Indian territory in Krishna Ghati sector of the border and killed two Indian soldiers — Lance Naik Hemraj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh. Indian officials said both the bodies were mutilated, and Hemraj’s body was decapitated.