Srinagar: The Indian troops has destroyed a Pakistani bunker along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir by firing an anti-tank guided missile, shows a video that has gone viral on social media.
The action is being seen by many as retaliation to May 1 intrusion in Kerni area of Poonch’s Krishna Ghati sector along the border during which Pakistan Army’s Border Action Team (BAT) beheaded two Indian jawans. However, it is not yet clear where and when the Indian troops carried out the attack.
The video footage, which surfaced on Monday, shows the Pakistani bunker being destroyed in less than sixty seconds.
After attacking the bunker with anti-tank guided missiles and mortars, a jawan (on the Indian side) can be heard, in the video, saying “tank ka [shell] lag gaya - gira diya. Haan ji, Haan-ji '' (the tank's ammunition has hit it - has brought it down. Yes, yes). Amid subsequent explosions, the same voice is again heard saying, “'Aa gaya tank ka, sahib, tank ka aa gaya" (Sir, the tank has done it).
Army Chief General Bipin Rawat had last week indicated retaliatory action against the Pakistani forces over the May 1 incident. While replying to queries from reporters he had said, “We do not talk about future plans beforehand. We share details after execution of the plan.”
Vice-chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Sarath Chand had later said that the Indian Army would retaliate at a time and place of its choosing. “Pakistani forces have done the killing and mutilation, they have to take responsibility and face the consequences,” he said in a newspaper interview.
Meanwhile, the authorities in Poonch said that the Pakistan Army yet again violated the November 2003 ceasefire agreement by firing small arms and automatics towards the Indian forward positions in Balakote sector of Poonch district and Nowshera sector of neighbouring Rajouri district on Monday. The Indian troops “gave a befitting reply to the Pakistani firing and the intermittent firing is still one,” the sources said.
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and top government officials had last week said that the Army had been given a free hand to avenge Pakistan’s mutilation act. Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat had also said that an attack will be conducted at a time of “our choice and preference”.