“We have taken sufficient action along the LoC to avenge the death of our soldier,” said outgoing Border Security Force Director General K K Sharma. He was referring to the killing of the September 18 killing of BSF head constable Narender Singh by a Pakistan security forces. But he did not elaborate but just repeated “sufficient action” was taken. In fact, exactly two years before, Indian forces had mounted a surgical strike on terrorist launch pads across the border in Pakistan. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also said in Muzaffarnagar that “Something has happened, I won’t say what… just two-three days ago.”
Rajnath Singh said: “Kuchh hua hai. Main bataunga nahin. Batlaya bhi nahin. Hua hai, aur theek-thaak hua hai. Vishwas rakhna, theek-thaak hua hai 2-3 din pehle… aur aage bhi dekhiyega kya hoga (Something has happened, I won’t say what. Didn’t declare it. It has happened, it has gone well. Have faith, it has gone well, just two-three days ago… see what happens ahead).”
On the killing of the BSF jawan by a Pakistan border action team (BAT), Sharma said Narender Singh was shot three times on the chest and dragged to the other side of the fence. His feet were tied and the throat slit. But the body, he said, was not mutilated and the cause of death was due to bullet injuries.
“The gun and ammunition of the jawan, who went ahead of the fence in Jammu’s Ramgarh sector along with seven other personnel, were taken away. This incident is a first of its kind because generally, on the International Border (IB), you don’t have BAT action. This was BAT action.”
He also said, “We have taken sufficient action along the LoC to avenge the death of our soldier. We have reserved our right of retaliation and time. We have given tough and befitting replies, causing manifold damage. And we will do it again,” he said.
He said the day the BAT incident took place, the BSF noticed that the other side had emptied. “They were nowhere in sight. They also got their villages vacated, thinking we will hit them. So, even if we had retaliated, it would not have been of any use at that time,” he said.