LoC killings: Martyrs' bodies to be taken home, govt asked to act tough
A day after five Indian soldiers were killed near the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir in an ambush by the Pakistani troops, the bodies of the martyrs are slated to be taken to their native states on Wednesday. Bihar Chief Minister has also announced a state funeral for four slain soldiers who hail from the state. The Bihar Chief Minister has also announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for the family of each soldier.
This comes even as the government is put under pressure by the opposition parties, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), to respond aggressively to the act.
In a deadly cross-border attack, five Indian Army personnel were killed and a sixth was injured by a group which the government said comprised "20 heavily armed terrorists along with persons dressed in Pakistan army uniforms" near the Line of Control (LoC) early on Tuesday morning.
The incident comes days after Pakistan expressed a desire to resume the stalled peace talks with India and a meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his counterpart Nawaz Sharif was being fixed.
The attack occurred at the Chakkan Da Bagh area in Poonch, which is a border trading point, in the early hours of Tuesday when six Indian Army personnel were patrolling the LoC, several hundred metres ahead of the border fencing but 450 metres within the Indian side of the boundary.
In his statement in Parliament, Defence Minister A K Antony said the men were ambushed on "our side of the LoC", but stopped short of blaming regular Pakistan army troops for the attack. "The ambush was carried out by approximately 20 heavily armed terrorists along with persons dressed in Pakistan army uniforms," he said.