Indian Army denies LoC "bloodletting"

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 31, 2013 03:25 hrs

New Delhi: The Indian Army on Thursday denied a media report that Indian soldiers had tortured and decapitated Pakistani troops, describing it as "erroneous and speculative".

"Indian Army is highly professional and does not indulge in unsoldierly acts as alleged in the article. The very fact that Pakistan has not raised any such issue in bilateral interactions since 1998 bears testimony to the allegations leveled against the Indian Army being misleading," the army said.

A newspaper report titled "Locked in UN files, 15 years of bloodletting at LoC" on Wednesday had said that Pakistani had accused Indian troops of torture and decapitation of at least 12 Pakistani soldiers in cross-LoC raids since 1998 to the UN.

Denying the report, the army said, "The article seems based on one-sided allegations made by the Pakistani Army to UNMOGIP. Since the 1972 Simla Agreement, the relevance of UNMOGIP itself remains questionable."

"That there is no agreed mechanism to regulate conflicts along the LoC is incorrect since existing hotlines were effective in reducing the tensions along the LC recently," the army said.

"DGMO level talks, inter governmental discussions, hotlines and flag meetings between respective armies exist to regulate such situations. All the incidents are brought to the notice of MoD and MEA," it added.

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