SRINAGAR -- In an encounter close to the Line of Control in Machhal sector of North Kashmir's Kupwara district, an Indian Army soldier lost his life and his disfigured body was recovered on 28 October.
During the encounter, a terrorist mutilated the body of the soldier before fleeing into Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), supported by covering fire from Pakistan Army posts.
This barbarism is a true reflection which pervades official and non-official organisations across the border.Indian Army
"This barbarism is a true reflection which pervades official and non-official organisation across the border. This act will invite an appropriate response," the Indian Army said in a statement.
According to a PTI report, one militant was also killed in the gunbattle.
"In an encounter close to the Line of Control this evening, one solider was martyred and one terrorist was killed," an army spokesman told PTI.
The incident occurred under 53 Infantry Brigade, reported The Indian Express.
On 27 October a BSF head constable was killed and seven civilians injured, as Pakistan Rangers continued firing mortar shells and small arms in RS Pura and Arnia sectors. They were also violating the ceasefire along the LoC in Sunderbani, Mendhar and KG sectors.
Ever since the Indian Army on 29 September carried out surgical strikes targeting terror launch pads in PoK, ceasefire violations have become a daily norm along the LoC. Five Indians, including four security personnel, have been killed and 34 injured since.
On 21 October, the BSF killed seven Pakistan Rangers and a terrorist in Kathua and on 25 October, around three Pakistani Army personnel were reportedly killed in retaliatory firing by Indian troops in the Noushera sector of Rajouri district.
India-administered Kashmir has also been rocked by street protests which began after the July killing of a militant leader there. Indian officials have blamed Pakistan for fanning that unrest.
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