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Killing of jawans: India lodges protest with Pak at flag meet

Pak High Commissioner Salman Bashir was earlier summoned by Foreign Secy Ranjan Mathai, who had also protested Pakistani Army action

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

today lodged a strong protest with Army over the killing of two of its jawans, one of whom was beheaded, and continued violations along the in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

"The flag meeting between brigade commanders of India and started around 1300 hours and ended at 1332 hours at Crossing-Point in Poonch sector", a senior Army officer told PTI.

Army sources said a strong protest was lodged by the Indian side over the killings and continued violations by

The Indian team was led by 10th Brigade (Krishnaghati Brigade) Commander Brig T S Sandhu in the meeting with the brigade commander at Chakan da Bagh Crossing Point along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district.

The officer said further details were awaited as the team was returning from the forward area.

Army had lodged a strong protest with Army over the brutal, barbaric and inhuman killing of two Army jawans after intrusion in Poonch sector on January 8 and also continued violations by Pakistani troops.

The had sent a hotline message to Army on January 11 and called for a Brigade Commander-level flag meeting to discuss the issues of brutal killing of two jawans after major intrusion by Pakistani troops of 29 Baloch Regiment and increasing incidents of firing and violations in Poonch sector.

had yesterday responded to the request for flag meeting through hot-line, he said, adding that "we had sought flag meeting of the two brigade commanders".

Pakistan's High Commissioner Salman Bashir was earlier summoned in Delhi by Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai, who had lodged a strong protest over Pakistani Army action in which the two soldiers were killed and their bodies were subjected to "barbaric and inhuman mutilation".

has suspended cross-trade and travel at crossing point in Poonch sector since Thursday and Friday respectively.

This is the second Brigade Commander-level flag meeting held along the in Poonch in the last six months.

A Brigade Commander's flag meeting was held at in Poonch sector on June 23, last year to discuss the killings of two soldiers in violations, besides closure of trade and travel between two sides via point.

The two jawans, including one of BSF, were killed and four others injured in firing by troops in four violations since June 11 to June 16 last year along the in Poonch sector.

Ahead of the meeting, Pakistani troops had yesterday violated the targeting Indian posts in Poonch sector.     troops fired on the Indian posts in Nangitikri forward area along in Poonch district around 1630 hours yesterday, after heavy overnight firing in Krishnaghati sub-sector in Poonch, an Army officer had said.

Pakistani posts opposite Nangitikri targeted the Indian side last evening and Indian troops guarding the borderline had retaliated, he had said.

The exchange continued for a brief period before coming to a halt, he had said, adding there was no loss of life or injury to anyone on the Indian side.

First Published: Mon, January 14 2013. 16:25 IST