Pakistan’s ‘border action team’ (BAT) has beheaded two Indian soldiers by sneaking 200 metres into Indian Territory in the Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. During the raid, bodies of Naib Subedar Paramjit Singh (22 Sikh Regiment) and head constable Prem Sagar (200 BSF Battalion) were left mutilated. This is the third such barbaric episode since the conduct of ‘surgical strikes’ against terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on September 29. In the same Krishna Ghati sector, BAT had beheaded Lance Naik Hemraj and severed the head of Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh of 13 Rajputana Rifles in 2013.
India has strongly condemned this inhuman act and the Army has promised appropriate revenge at a place and time of its choice. Since january, 65 ceasefire violations have already been recorded along the LoC.
Pakistani BATs is a brutal and barbaric arm of Pakistan Army. The BAT typically consists of five to six Pakistan Army soldiers as well as some terrorists. Pakistan army’s elite Special Services Group (SSG) commandos may also be present in the BAT actions. BATs are specialised to conduct cross-border raids targeting Indian troops along the LoC. They carry out actions up to a depth of 1 to 3 kilometres. Pakistan’s Special Services Group (SSG) or the “black storks” were among the first batches of intruders that crossed the LoC into Kargil in 1999 that finally resulted in an armed conflict between the two countries.