| Jammu |
Updated: January 12, 2020 7:15:32 am
ONE OF the two porters killed in cross-border shelling in Jammu’s Poonch district on Friday morning could have been beheaded by Pakistan’s BAT (Border Action Troops).
While it was earlier believed that the head of 28-year-old Mohammad Aslam may have blown off due to a mortar blast, the Army has been unable to recover it so far, leading them to suspect BAT may have beheaded him.
If proved right, it would be the first instance of BAT, which comprises Pakistani army regulars and terrorists, targeting a civilian, although similar incidents involving security personnel have taken place in the past.
While the Army did not confirm a BAT role, Defence Ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Devender Anand said that one of the porters had been found to be headless, and that they were investigating whether there was Pakistani hand in it. A senior police officer said the head appeared to have been severed by a sharp-edged weapon.
Asked about the incident at a press conference in Delhi Saturday, Army Chief Gen M M Naravane said that professional armies never resort to such “barbaric” acts. “We will deal appropriately with such…