Militants killed an Indian soldier and mutilated his body during an encounter in Machhal sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Friday, the Army has said.
The encounter took place under the 53 Infantry Brigade. The soldier has been identified as Manjeet Singh of 17 Sikh Light Infantry, reported the Times of India.
The Army’s Northern Command released a statement, saying, “In a despicable act, the terrorists mutilated the body of the Indian Army soldier before fleeing into Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, supported by covering fire from Pakistani Army posts. This act will invite an appropriate response.”
The encounter comes at a time when there is heightened tension along the border. Earlier on Friday, the Border Security Force had said it had killed 15 Pakistani soldiers, a claim refuted by the Pakistani Army. Three BSF soldiers have been killed in cross-border firing in the past five days, reported NDTV. On Friday night, a civilian woman was shot dead by militants in Pulwama district. According to The Indian Express, the militants barged into Isma Begum’s home and killed her.
There has been an increase in cross-border firing after India carried out surgical strikes on “terror launchpads” along the LoC with Pakistan on September 29. On September 18, militants had attacked an Indian Army installation in Uri, killing 19 soldiers. India had accused Pakistan of being involved in the strike, but Islamabad has dismissed the allegations as baseless.