SOPs to be revised to avoid such attacks: Army

It was the second incident of mutilation of bodies of security personnel by BAT members in six months.

Published: 03rd May 2017 07:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd May 2017 07:19 AM   |  A+A-

Mortal remains of BSF head constable Prem Sagar arrive at Palam airport en route to his native village in Deoria district of Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday. He was killed in the attack by Pakistan army’s Border Action Team in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmi

Express News Service

SRINAGAR: The Border Security Force (BSF) and the Army said that Monday’s surprise attack by Pakistan army’s Border Action Team (BAT) on patrol troops at Krishna Ghati (KG) sector in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir was a pre-planned attack.

The Army has vowed to avenge the attack by Pakistani troops at an appropriate time. “The Pakistani troops fired indiscriminately on two forward posts manned by BSF and army at KG sector in Poonch district Monday morning. They also laid two ambushes,” Western Command BSF ADG Kamal Nayan Choubey told reporters in Jammu, winter capital of the State.

“There were inputs that Pakistani troops had laid landmines in our territory. When the joint patrol of army and BSF went to assess the situation, the BAT team, which had already sneaked into some 200 meters inside our territory and had laid an ambush, attacked them with sharp edged weapons and small arms,” sources in the Army said.

The BSF DIG said that militant launch pads were active on other side of LoC and IB. Sources said that the vigil along the LoC and IB has been further intensified after the BAT attack and apprehensions that militants might attempt to infiltrate into J&K as snow in upper reaches has started to melt.

The BAT attack took place a day after Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited his troops along the LoC in Hajipir sector of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK).  It was the second incident of mutilation of bodies of security personnel by BAT members in six months.

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