'Pakistan asked to take bodies of two slain intruders'
New Delhi, Oct 22 : The Army on Monday warned Pakistan to restrain the “terrorists operating from its soil”, a day after killing two heavily-armed Pakistani "intruders" in a gunfight in Sunderbani sector of Jammu on Sunday, official sources said.
They said the Army has also asked the Pakistan military to take back bodies of the two "intruders", who were wearing combat uniforms and believed to be members of Pakistani Border Action Team, they said.
“Two heavily armed Pakistani intruders and three Army soldiers were killed Sunday in the gunfight after the Army foiled an infiltration bid along the LoC in Sunderbani sector,” Army said.
The sources said Pakistan Army has been informed, through established communication channels, to take possession of the bodies of the "hostile Pakistani nationals" and that a "stern warning" was also conveyed to military of the neighbouring country to restrain the “terrorists operating from its soil”.
The incident on Sunday took place at around 1:20 PM.
The sources said five to six Pakistani intruders crossed the LoC and fired on Indian Army patrol in the Sunderbani sector.
Three soldiers of Eight Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) – Havildar Kaushal Kumar of Nowshera (Rajouri), Lance Naik Ranjeet Singh of Doda and Rifleman Rajat Kumar Basan of Pallanwala (Jammu) – were killed while Rifleman Rakesh Kumar of Samba suffered injuries in the gunfight.
The sources said since the talks between DGMOs (Director General of Military Operations) of the two countries on May 29, the Indian Army has been maintaining "utmost restraint" to uphold the ceasefire pact along the LoC despite regular provocative actions from across the border.
“However, Pakistan Army has been vigorously attempting to send terrorists across the LoC and seven infiltration bids have been foiled by the Indian Army since May 30, in which 23 terrorists have been killed,” sources said.