MEA summons Basit, conveys India's outrage at mutilation of bodies of two Indian soldiers

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New Delhi, May 3, 2017

India has evidence to prove Pak Army's hand in mutilation act: MEA
Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar today summoned Pakistan High Commissioner in Delhi Abdul Basit and conveyed to him India's outrage at the killing and the barbaric act of mutilation of the bodies of two Indian soldiers on May 1 by Pakistan Army personnel.
Dr. Jaishankar also demanded action against the Pakistani soldiers and commanders responsible for the dastardly act.
The Foreign Secretary told Mr. Basit that it was significant that the attack was preceded bycovering fire from Pakistani posts in Battal sector, in the vicinity of Battal village.
He also said that blood samples of the Indian soldiers that had been collected and the trail of blood on Roza Nal clearly showed that the killers returned across the Line of Control to Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (POK).
The two Indian soldiers were killed, allegedly by members of the Border Action Team (BAT) of the Pakistan Army who violated the Line of Control (LoC) and crossed into Indian territory in the Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch district of Jammu & Kashmir on Monday, official sources said.
A press release from the Northern Command of the Indian Army said on that day that the Pakistan Army carried out unprovoked rocket and mortar firing on two forward posts on the LoC in Krishna Ghati sector.
"Simultaneously, a BAT action was launched on a patrol operating in between the two posts. In an unsoldierly act by the Pak Army the bodies of two of our soldiers in the patrol were mutilated. Such despicable act of Pakistan Army will be appropriately responded," the release added.
According to various sources, the incident occurred on Monday morning when a joint patrolling team of the Border Security Force (BSF) and Army was moving from one post to another in Krishna Ghati.
The two men who were killed were identified as Naib Subedar Paramjit Singh of the Army and head constable Prem Sagar of the BSF.
Yesterday, the Indian Army had described the killing and mutilation of the bodies of the two soldiers as a "dastardly" and "inhuman" act which merited an "unequivocal" response.
The Indian position on the incident was conveyed by India's Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) to his Pakistan counterpart during a conversation over the hotline yesterday. The Indian DGMO expressed grave concern about the incident wherein the Pakistani Army targetted the Indian patrol on the Indian side of the LoC and mutilated the bodies of the soldiers.
"The Pakistani DGMO was also apprised that while undertaking this dastardly act full fire support was provided by Pakistani Army Post located in vicinity of the incident site," a press release from the Ministry of Defence had said yesterday.
He also raised concerns regarding the presence of Border Action Team (BAT) training camps and teams in close vicinity of the Line of Control in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.
"DGMO Indian Army conveyed that such inhuman act is beyond any norms of civility and merits unequivocal condemnation and response," the release added.