In an unpleasant development, a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan was hacked to death by Pakistani forces along the international border (IB) near Jammu on Tuesday night. The body of Head Constable Narender Kumar reportedly bore three bullet marks, his throat was slit while his eyes were gouged out.
The brutal and “unprecedented” incident that took place in the Ramgarh sector on Tuesday has prompted the security forces to issue a “high alert” across the IB and Line of Control (LoC) even as the Border Security Force has lodged a strong complaint with its counterparts – the Pakistan Rangers.
Officials in the security establishment said the incident of brutality with the jawan, probably a first at the IB, was taken “very seriously” by the Government and the Ministry of External Affairs. The Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) is also expected to take up the issue with its Pakistani counterparts.
Since the BSF patrol party that went ahead of the fence to cut the tall “sarkanda” (elephant) grass was first fired upon at 10.40 am on Tuesday, hectic phone calls and communication exchanges went on from the Indian side across the border in order to locate the jawan, who was first declared missing.