Indian Army hits back, kills three Pakistani soldiers in cross-LoC raid

The LoC has been highly active this year, with 820 ceasefire violations so far, compared to 228 in 2016 and 152 in 2015. The Army has lost 14 soldiers in ceasefire violations on the LoC this year.

Written by Sushant Singh | New Delhi | Updated: December 27, 2017 7:26 am
Indian army, Jammu and Kashmir, J-K militants kiled, Hansraj Ahir, Terrorists, Terrorists killed in three years, civilian casualties, The death of its three soldiers in the Indian action was acknowledged by the Pakistani side. (Express Photo: Shuaib Masoodi)

To avenge the death of four Indian soldiers killed on the Line of Control (LoC) on Saturday, the Army killed three Pakistani soldiers in a cross-LoC strike on Monday evening. The death of its three soldiers in the Indian action was acknowledged by the Pakistani side in the weekly telephone call between the two Military Operations Directorate Tuesday afternoon.

Sources told The Indian Express that the cross-LoC strike was undertaken by a team of Ghatak (commando) platoon of an infantry battalion. The target was a Pakistani listening post of Baloch Regiment in the Rakh Chikri sub-sector of Rawalakot, around 250 metres on the Pakistani side of the LoC. The Ghatak team used explosives and mines, following which heavy exchange of fire took place between the two sides around 6 pm Monday.

According to sources, one Pakistani soldier was killed immediately while two injured soldiers succumbed to injuries shortly afterwards.

On Monday night, Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) had posted an update on Twitter about the death of three soldiers which was later deleted. No further details were given by the Pakistani side before it acknowledged the death of its three soldiers in the cross-LoC action in the weekly telephone call between the two Military Operations Directorate Tuesday afternoon, sources added.

Accepting that it was a retaliatory action meant to avenge the loss of four soldiers Saturday, Army sources, said, “It was a tit-for-tat operation.” They said, “It was a selective target across the LoC” which was taken out in a “local tactical operation.” Sources maintained that the cross-LoC action was “decided and executed by local commanders”.

The cross-LoC action, sources said, was in an area of a neighbouring brigade, where a Sikh battalion had lost four soldiers, including an officer, to a Border Action Team (BAT) of Pakistan Army in Brat Galla in Keri sector. This was the second action on the LoC in two days by the Army to avenge its deaths Saturday. On Sunday, the Army had “eliminated” a sniper of Pakistan Army in Jhangar area of Nowshera sector of Rajouri on the LoC.

The LoC has been highly active this year, with 820 ceasefire violations so far, compared to 228 in 2016 and 152 in 2015. The Army has lost 14 soldiers in ceasefire violations on the LoC this year, while 17 soldiers have died countering infiltration bids from the Pakistani side. A total of 59 militants have been killed while attempting infiltration this year, in comparison to 37 and 30 militants killed in 2016 and 2015 respectively.

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  1. Sankaran Krishnan
    Dec 27, 2017 at 8:08 am
    Let us hope this is not the effect of the dinner party hosted which was attended by the corrupt Congress Party Leaders and Retd. Bureaucrats and so far ever revealed what transpired during the meet whereas now the message has come across the Border. Anyhow Kudos to our Armed Forces and from now on there is no need for for Tat and instead let us also be aggressive and cross the LoC and shoot them at sight if they are visible to our Indian Troops and make them run away and why not create a fear factor among them instead of waiting for them for ceasefire violations and let Indian side also violate and why not kill them - whomsoever be it Militants or Pakistani Soldiers !!!
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    1. Comrade 78
      Dec 27, 2017 at 7:25 am
      Strategy is to make India spend an inordinate time on its western border, while we are encircled by string of pearls.
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      1. Chetan More
        Dec 27, 2017 at 5:40 am
        There is difference between India and pakistan. for tat only blurs this difference. Government need to see into reasons for weak defense and rising need for an aggressive stance on the border. Failure of leadership at the diplomatic and policy level is taking toll of soldier's lives. Demonitization, GST, worsened kashmir situation, and rising deaths on the border indicates that BJP government is bent on bringing disorder to every situation that is in order. In the light of worsened kashmir situation and increased deaths of Indian soldiers on the borders, BJP govt needs to be wary and put noose to it's aggressive tendencies towards pakistan. India is strong and powerful but leveraging it's strength and power against pakistan is futile misadventure not without sacrifice of lives on either side of the border. To satisfy it's itch the BJP may please send aggressive RSS and bajrangdal k vaks to prove and represent India's stiffer upper nose on the other side of the border.
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          Eyewash
          Dec 27, 2017 at 5:51 am
          here comes another secularist talking about good things. I think Mr. More need to be placed in middle of gun fighting and see how much gyan he can give on IE
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          1. Kommajosyula Kumar
            Dec 27, 2017 at 5:56 am
            Ask your masters Manmohan and Mani to go to border and have dinner parties with their friends across the border. Shame on you.
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            1. Shrikant Sharma
              Dec 27, 2017 at 6:25 am
              india should make awall of innoscent mulim population on the borders and under that kuran chanting camaflague should use its gallant soldiers killing pakistanees in the ratio of 1 to 4 like pak killed one soldier india should kill four of them and if pakistani kills one innoscant unarmed muslim wall member then atleast ten pakistani soldiers should be killed.any armed muslim should betreated as a traiter muslim wall members should be proclaimed as peace corps of muslims for preventing loc hot violations
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          2. Lalit Pokhariya
            Dec 26, 2017 at 9:00 pm
            Unless we inflict heavy casualties and extract a disproportionately high price for every mis adventure by P-akistani army we should brace ourselves for such cross border attacks in future dian army should engage Pakistani army ,BAT or rangers wherever they are with all the weopens at their disposal to decimate their positions and deter them in future to conduct such activities.Political pro active ness will go a long way in this regard.
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            1. alok barthawal
              Dec 26, 2017 at 8:59 pm
              pls kill more 4 ke badle 4000 ko maaro.
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