Army Commander briefs JK Governor on Poonch LoC incident

Jammu, January 09 (Scoop News) – Lt. General K. T. Parnaik, Northern Army Commander, briefed  N. N. Vohra, Governor, in detail about yesterday’s incident on the LoC at Mankot Sector in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch district in which two jawans were killed and two others injured.

          It is likely that a further meeting in regard to this very important matter shall take place between the Governor and the Army Commander in the next few days. 

 Outraged by the brutal killing of two of its soldiers by intruding Pakistani troops, India today strongly protested to Pakistan, warning that the unacceptable incident will have adverse impact on the ties.

 Meanwhile Soldiers and officers of the Indian Army paid their tribute to two jawans who were martyred in an encounter with Pakistan soldiers in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir state. Paying tributes to the brave soliders Deputy GOC 25 Infantry Division Brigadier JK Tiwari said the jawans fought bravely before laying down their lives. Large number of soldiers present on the spot also paid rich tributes to the martyred jawans. After a brief ceremony the dead bodies, wrapped in National Tricolour were airlifted in a special chopper to Delhi from where they were shifted to their native places. At Rajouri, wreaths were laid by Deputy General Officer Commanding (Dy-GOC) Brig J C Tiwari. 

 Wrapped in the tri-colour, the bodies of Lance Naik Hemraj (29) and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh (28), who laid down their lives while fighting Pakistani troop during a raid by 29 Baloch Regiment, were brought to Rajouri from the forward post in Poonch district today. While Lance Naik Hem Raj belongs to Mathura belt of Uttar Pradesh, Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh is from Madhya Pradesh.

 The jawans were yesterday killed by Pakistani troops after intruding into deep into Indian territory along Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir,

 The former Union Home Minister and MLA, Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta has strongly condemned the beheading of the Indian soldiers on patrolling duty along the Line of Control in Poonch Sector bordering Pak occupied Kashmir and stressed for stern measures to bring the guilty to book and expose this sort of barbarism of Pakistan at all forums, in addition to review of the policies for tightening security both inside as also along the Loc/borders.


Expressing grief and anguish, Prof. Gupta said that this sort of savagery on part of Pakistan was not new but this time was against the Army Jawans, whereas earlier it was generally confined against the civilians to spread terror. Thus, the design is more meaningful than the earlier acts of terrorists, he added and warned that some bigger designs seem to be at work.

 In this regard, Prof. Gupta recalled that before the massive invasion of Jammu and Kashmir in 1965, Pakistan indulged in similar tactics of beheading of the human beings but in those days the target were the civilians especially the border villagers. Thus, the beheading of the men of the Army can be more significant. This needed all out measures to meet any challenge.


Assailing the policies of dialogue with Pakistan without putting halt to the cross border terror and growing violations of ceasefire, Prof. Gupta observed that the friendship and terrorism cannot work together. The policies must be realistic and not based upon make believe.


He pointed out that Pakistan was pursuing the old policies of creating trouble by funding to separatists and subversives as also other measures of bleeding India through all means including even that of pushing fake currency and narcotics etc. But the latest act of beheading the soldiers must be taken seriously.