Pakistani authorities refused on Saturday to accept the body of a suspected intruder who was shot dead by India’s border guards in Punjab’s Pathankot district, officials said.
The rebuff by Pakistan Rangers, which guards the country’s borders, is seen as its refusal to acknowledge the suspected intruder’s Pakistani citizenship, officials said.
Border Security Force (BSF) had called a “flag meeting” with Pakistan Rangers on Saturday to hand over the body.
Pakistani currency, a cigarette packet, a matchbox and a soft drink pouch were found on the slain intruder, said Pathankot senior superintendent of police Rakesh Kaushal.
“We have sent the body for post-mortem as the other side has refused to take it,” he added.
Officials said two more infiltrators may have gone back after coming under heavy fire.
The intruder was shot dead near the Tinda border outpost in the Bamyal sector, the same area through which Pakistan-based militants had crossed over to attack the air force base in Pathankot and later a police station in Dinanagar, according to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
Security forces launched a search operation on Friday after a speech impaired man claimed to have seen suspected militants on the Punjab-Himachal border.
In an unrelated incident, a government employee was allegedly killed in crossfire during an encounter between security forces and militants in Kashmir’s Kulgam, triggering protests by local residents.
The militants, whose number was not known, managed to escape under the cover of darkness on late on Friday, a police official said.
Officials said the state government employee, Assadullah Kumar, was killed in firing minutes after the security forces had cordoned off the area. It was not clear how Kumar was hit.
Officials were also tight-lipped about the civilian death.
Local residents protested against the killing of Kumar and the blocked Srinagar-Jammu National Highway at Vessu for several hours.
Police also recovered five Indian army uniforms and related military paraphernalia on the Samba-Kathua highway, raising fears of militant movement in the area which saw a brazen attack on an army camp earlier this week that left seven Indian soldiers dead.
An army official, however, said on Saturday the uniforms belongs to a Rashtriya Rifles sepoy, Sandeep Singh, who lost the bag while going home in Gurdaspur on November 21.
“There is no terrorist connection to it,” he added.
Pakistan-based militants have repeatedly targeted Indian defence installations in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir this year, starting with a siege of an air force base in Pathankot in January.
In the latest attack on the Army camp at Nagrota near Jammu on Tuesday, the militants were dressed in police uniform. The place from where the uniforms were recovered on Friday is about 50 km from Nagrota.