'They promised 10 Pakistani heads': Slain Lance Naik Hemraj's mother wants Centre to avenge LoC killings

The mother of an Indian soldier allegedly beheaded by Pakistan's Border Action Team (BAT) in 2013 has questioned the Indian government about the delay in responding to the incident. The BAT had mutilated the bodies of two Indian soldiers along the Line of Control (LoC) in January 2013. Among them was Lance Naik Hemraj, whose mother has asked the government to take decisive action.

According to a report in DNA, Hemraj's mother said, "They beheaded my son and now we are witnessing numerous incidences every day. The government had promised that they will behead 10 people if they beheaded one of ours. Till now, nothing has been done. The government should take stern action against Pakistan now."

Representational image. Image courtesy: Getty images

Representational image. Courtesy: Getty Images

She then added, "They have not fulfilled any of the promises made to the martyr's family till now."

Zee News reported that Hemraj's brother also stated that India must respond to Islamabad's atrocities. "It is a very sad situation, the way our soldiers are losing their lives and the government is not taking any action in this regard. The Centre should take stern action against Pakistan so that such incidents are not repeated in future," he said.

BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, then in the Opposition, had visited Hemraj's family, and criticised Manmohan Singh's government in New Delhi. According to a report in CNN News-18, she had said that that if Pakistan did not return Hemraj's head, India should get at least ten heads from the other side.

"The question is: Will we sit without any reaction and engage in a dialogue? This should not happen. At least the government should react in some way. That is why we have said that the government should take some tough measures," Swaraj said, adding that the government showed a lack of respect to the soldier and demanded an apology.

"The government should apologise for the apathy. They should apologise to the family of the soldier and the country. But they should at the same time take revenge for the incident which took place," she had said.

Meanwhile, the Indian Army vowed an "appropriate" response to the "despicable act", which took place after Pakistan Army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa visited some areas along the LoC and promised support to the Kashmiris. The Pakistan Army denied that it was involved in any attack.

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said in Delhi that the "sacrifice (of the two killed) will not go in vain", and the Indian armed forces will react "appropriately" to the "inhuman act" of the Pakistani troops. "This is a reprehensible and an inhuman act. Such attacks do not take place during war," he said.

"Bodies of soldiers being mutilated is an extreme form of barbaric act. The government of India strongly condemns this act. The whole country has full faith in our armed forces which will react appropriately to the act," Jaitley said.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: May 02, 2017 14:30 PM

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