New Delhi: The Indian Army on Monday warned Pakistan to restrain the terrorists operating from its soil. This comes a day after the Army killed two heavily-armed Pakistani ‘intruders’ in a gunfight in Sunderbani sector of Jammu on Sunday.

Officials said the Army has also asked the Pakistan military to take back bodies of the two ‘intruders’, who were wearing combat uniforms and believed to be members of the Pakistani Border Action Team.

Two heavily armed Pakistani intruders and three Army soldiers were killed on Sunday in the gunfight after the Army foiled an infiltration bid along the LoC in Sunderbani sector.

Sources said that the Pakistan military has been informed to take possession of the bodies of the ‘hostile Pakistani nationals’ and that a ‘stern warning’ was also conveyed to the military of the neighbouring country to restrain the terrorists operating from its soil. This was done through established communication channels. 

The incident on Sunday took place at around 1:20 pm. The sources said five to six Pakistani intruders crossed the LoC and fired on Indian Army patrol in the Sunderbani sector.

Three soldiers of Eight Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) Havildar Kaushal Kumar of Nowshera (Rajouri), Lance Naik Ranjeet Singh of Doda and rifleman Rajat Kumar Basan of Pallanwala (Jammu) were killed while rifleman Rakesh Kumar of Samba suffered injuries in the gunfight.

Since the talks between DGMOs (Director General of Military Operations) of the two countries on May 29, the Indian Army has been maintaining ‘utmost restraint’ to uphold the ceasefire pact along the LoC despite regular provocative actions from across the border.

However, Pakistan Army has been vigorously attempting to send terrorists across the LoC and seven infiltration bids have been foiled by the Indian Army since May 30, in which 23 terrorists have been killed.

Reports suggest a concentration of a large number of terrorists in launch pads across the border, desperate to infiltrate into India before the onset of winter.

Sources said the Army was ready to deal with any challenge along the LoC which has been witnessing frequent incidents of cross-border firing since January.

The Indian Army has been adopting a "tough" approach in dealing with ceasefire violations and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir in the last one year.

With PTI inputs