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Not the first beheading.

THE beheading of Lance Naik Hemraj of 13 Rajputana Rifles and mutilation of Lance Naik Sudhakar's body by Pakistan Army regulars on the LoC in the Mendhar sector was not a one- off incident.

The Indian Army has accepted that two incidents have taken place earlier -- one in May 2000 and the other in July 2011. The incidents were hushed up even though they were talked about in the media.

While it showed that the Pakistan Army had broken the rules of engagement of civilised forces in the past as well, India had chosen to sweep them under the carpet fearing impact on the morale of the forces. In 2000, a raid led by terrorist Illyas Kashmir at Ashok Listening Post killed seven Indian soldiers. One of them, Sepoy Bhausaheb Maruti Talekar, was beheaded.

In July 2011, the Pakistan Army beheaded two Indian soldiers of 20 Kumaon Regiment. The incident was denied by the Indian Army but the local police had confirmed at the time of cremation that the jawans' heads were missing.

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Publication:Mail Today (New Delhi, India)
Date:Jan 15, 2013

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