Pakistani troops slit the throat of a BSF jawan and gouged his eyes on Tuesday, September 18.
The brutal act, along the international border in the Ramgarh sector near Jammu, prompted the security forces to issue a high alert across the entire international border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC). The Border Security Force has lodged a strong complaint with its counterparts, the Pakistan Rangers.
Official sources said the body of Head Constable Narender Kumar had three bullet marks and also had multiple knife wounds. It could only be retrieved from a spot ahead of the Indo-Pakistan fence after over six hours as the Pakistani side did not respond to the calls to maintain the sanctity of the frontier and ensure that the BSF search parties were not fired upon.
The Pakistan Rangers, sources said, were asked to take part in a joint patrolling to trace the missing jawan, but they only came up to a point and cited waterlogging issues in the area that prevented them from undertaking a coordinated action.
The BSF then waited for the sun to set and launched a risky operation to bring the jawan’s body back to the post.
Officials in the security establishment said the incident of brutality with the jawan, probably a first at the IB, was taken very seriously by the government and the Ministry of External Affairs and the Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) were also expected to take up the issue with their Pakistani counterparts.
They said since the BSF patrol party that went ahead of the fence to cut the tall ‘sarkanda’ grass to clear the field was first fired upon at 10.40 am on Tuesday. Hectic phone calls and communication exchanges went on throughout the day from the Indian side to across the border in order to locate the body of the jawan, who was first declared missing.