The Indian Army on Sunday promised “adequate response” to Pakistan’s Border Action Teams (BAT) -- comprising terrorists and regular troops – “with full force and our choice of time and wish” if the neighbouring country tried any misadventure along the border with India.
The Army’s comments came amid heightened tension along the LoC which is threatening to derail the 2003 Indo-Pak border truce.
“BAT action is a tactical operation of regular Pakistani soldiers and terrorists. We are aware of it and it will get, as in the past also, adequate response with full force at the time and place of our choice,” major general VP Singh, the GoC of the 25 Infantry Division, in-charge of Rajouri and Poonch sector told media at Rajouri on Sunday.
A BAT team has been blamed for the killing of five soldiers on August 5 in Poonch and also for the brutal killing of two soldiers in January, one of whom was beheaded. Border Security Force -- which is also deployed along LoC but under control of Army – had foiled another BAT action on August 8.
Gen Singh said he has received directions from defence minister AK Antony and Army chief Gen Bikram Singh to retaliate at “our choice of time and wish”.
“The directions are there with me. We will retaliate and respond to the situation as per requirement with full force at the time of our choice,” said Gen Singh.
The Army chief, during visit to Jammu after the August 5 incident, had given clear directions to the field commanders to retaliate with full force.
Gen Singh said that while it was difficult to detect intruders hiding in high vegetation, but whenever they were detected like in Keri and Lamb sectors, both in Rajouri, they were eliminated.
Border Security Force jawans patrol near the Line of Control in Poonch. (PTI Photo)
Two infiltrators were shot dead in Keri in July and in March one Pak soldier was killed in Lamb.
There have been 49 infiltration attempts in the area under 16 Corps -- which controls 225 km of LoC in Jammu divison -- since January and eight infiltrators have been shot dead in this period.
Maj General said the reason for increase in firing along LoC is because Pak has failed to push in infiltrators and is feeling frustrated.
“Pakistan and ISI are making futile attempts to push in infiltrators by firing along LoC. But their attempts have been repeatedly foiled since 2010,” said the GOC.
He said that there are about 200-250 infiltrators sitting across the LoC for the last six-month, waiting to sneak into India.
Firing from across LoC retaliated effectively: Indian Army