Army FIR blamed only terrorists, Chief now differs

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Defence Minister A K Antony may have changed his statement and blamed Pakistani special troops for the attack on the LoC, but it has emerged that in its formal complaint on the matter to the police, the Army had held "terrorists" responsible for the cross-border raid.

The FIR lodged by the 21 Bihar regiment with the Jammu and Kashmir police in Poonch contained no mention of the Pakistan army.

However, sources said that after his return from Jammu and Kashmir, Army Chief Gen. Bikram Singh briefed the top leadership, and said that the attack was carried out by a team comprising both Pak army regulars and irregular forces.

It is learnt that Gen. Singh said that the Pakistani border action team (BAT) that targeted the Indian patrol consisted of 15 personnel dressed in "salwar kameez" and five in olive greens (OGs). The Chief said that special forces of the Pak army were involved in the attack and added that the Indian side had reconstructed the entire incident to come to the conclusion.

It was this briefing by the Army Chief that resulted in the new statement by Antony in Parliament, during which he blamed Pakistani regular troops.

It is learnt that on August 6, the Poonch police station lodged an FIR No. 113/2013 on the basis of a letter sent by the adjutant of 21 Bihar against unknown terrorists under Section 302 of the Ranbir Penal Code, 4/25 and 26/27 of the Arms Act, and 2/3 of the Egress Act.

Sources said the letter made no mention of Pakistan army regulars, and blamed "terrorists from across the LoC" for the incident.

"A patrol party comprising one non commissioned officer (NCO) and five jawans, including four from 21 Bihar and two from 14 Maratha Light Infantry were moving from own post to another around 1230 hrs," the letter says.

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