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5 soldiers killed in attack by Pak troops; Parliament outraged; Pakistan rejects 'baseless' accusations

Agencies | 06th Aug 2013
Army soldiers paying tributes to five of their slain colleagues at a wreath laying ceremony in Poonch on Tuesday - PTI
Army soldiers paying tributes to five of their slain colleagues at a wreath laying ceremony in Poonch on Tuesday - PTI

Jammu/New Delhi: In a provocative attack, a group of 20 heavily armed men led by Pakistani troops entered 450 metres into the Indian territory in the Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir in the wee hours on Tuesday and ambushed a patrol killing five Indian soldiers, sparking all round outrage with demands for strong Government response.

"A patrol of Indian Army comprising of one Non-Commissioned Officer and five other ranks was ambushed by a Pak Border Action Team (BAT) close to the Line of Control in Poonch Sector of J&K early morning", Defence spokesman, Jammu, S.N. Acharya said in an official statement.

"In the ensuing firefight, five Indian soldiers were martyred. The ambush was carried out by approximately 20 heavily armed terrorists along with soldiers of Pak Army," he said, adding one soldier was injured.

In Delhi, Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner Mansoor Ahmed Khan was summoned to South Block and a strong protest was lodged over the killing of Indian soldiers.

The issue rocked both Houses of Parliament with members demanding a quick and firm response from the government. BJP and Samajwadi members asked why Government was feeling 'completely helpless' in the face of repeated aggression by Pakistan.

Making a suo motu statement in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, Defence Minister A K Antony said the attack was carried out by "terrorists along with persons dressed in Pakistan Army uniform".

The minister said India will take all necessary steps to uphold the sanctity of the Line of Control. Later replying to a debate in the Rajya Sabha, the minister said New Delhi's response will depend on signals and actions from Pakistan.

Defence sources said the Pakistani soldiers, numbering about 20, intruded into the Indian territory past midnight and ambushed the patrol party at the Sarla post on the Indian side of the LoC.

A Subedar and four jawans of the 21 Bihar Unit were killed in the attack which took place at around 2 AM, the sources said. The attack took place 450 metres from the LoC on the Indian side, they said.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi said India would not be cowed down by the 'deceitful' killing of five of its soldiers and asked the Government to take 'appropriate' measures. However, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or his office did not offer any reaction to the Pakistani attack.

Expressing deep grief and shock over the incident, Sonia Gandhi said that the entire Congress party as indeed the entire country stands by the families of the martyred soldiers. The deceased jawans belonging to 21 Bihar Regiment were deployed on the Sarla forward post along LoC in Chakan-Da-Bagh sector of Poonch. Those who died have been identified as Naik Prem Nath Singh, Lance Naik Shambu Suran Rai, Sepoy Ravinand Prasad, Sepoy Vijay Kumar Rai and Kuleen Mannae.

A senior Army officer said the patrol had lost contact with the army unit around 0115 hours on Tuesday. We sent a patrol in the area around 0530 hours and found five jawans with gun-shot wounds dead and one was injured ."

The bodies have been brought back to unit area. The attack took place 450 metres from the LoC on the Indian side, Defence sources said.

Activists of Shiv Sena and Dogra Front shout slogans during a protest in Jammu on Tuesday against the killing of five Indian soldiers in an ambush by Pakistani troops - PTI

Strongly condemning the "unprovoked incident", Antony said," I assure the House that our army is fully ready to take all necessary steps to uphold the sanctity of the LoC".

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, "(I) was briefed early this morning about the news that five of our soldiers had been killed on the LoC. My heartfelt condolences to their next of kin. "These incidents don't help efforts to normalise or even improve relations with Pak and call in to question the Pak Govt's recent overtures," he said.

Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh, who took stock of the situation, will visit Poonch, Army sources said in Delhi. The incident could cast a shadow on the resumption of the Indo-Pak dialogue process.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif are slated to meet in New York next month on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session. The dialogue process was put on hold following the beheading of an Indian soldier and another soldier's body found mutilated following the January 8 attack by Pakistani troops in the Poonch sector.

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by Narendra1 (not verified) on
India must keep Pinaka type of firing system to destroy the area where Indian soldiers are attacked. This must be done instantly. There is no need of giving warning for that and no need to go to parliament Border issue at Border and Border post is issue with army which should retaliate instantly before raising the issue in parliament. If the matter escalates into full fledge war, then the army has not to worry about. The army must retaliate and fight a war and do its duty. The parliament may ask the army to calm down when opposite leaders of enemies may give full guarantee. To deny the killing and neglecting the incident by Pakistani leadership is a naked hostility to Indian nation and lessons must be given.
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One has got to be careful: Terrorists in the subcontinent (like the tamil tigers) are well-known to dress in stolen mililtary uniforms, and carrying out attacks against innocents, just to blame the government and gain "international sympathy".... These "men dressed in Pakistani military uniforms" could very well be al-quaeda terrorists who would not like to see any "peace talks" between India and Pakistan. Now, the world will start to blame Pakistan, and the 'works' will follow, with the deceived masses clamoring against Pakistan............ and, the terrorists' goals would have been accomplished. Talking about terrorists in sheeps' clothing: just ask Sri Lanka, the only country to have eradicated the menace of terrorism completely from her soil.
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by Santosh_Hyd (not verified) on
Because of Sonia and her Congress chamcha's our soldiers are getting killed everyday. Nation should first wipe out Congress and Sonia for better security.
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by overseas indian (not verified) on
this time sonia blast pak....because elections are coming...........get your act right and teach them a lesson........if you can't let modi come in power and teach lesson.....
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Pakisthan Army and terrorists are one and the same. Solution: eliminate.

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