The ISI carried out the attack on the Indian troops with the help of terrorists, according to a Military Intelligence (MI) report. The incident sparked off a massive uproar across India and gave a severe blow to the peace talks and ties between the two neighbours.
According to the MI report, a local guide called Anwar Khan, who runs a shop in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) beheaded the jawan. It was said that the same man was also involved in the beheading of an Army captain in Mendhar, where the latest incident took place, around 17 years ago.
Anwar, was part of a group led by Subedar Jabbar Khan of the ISI and was rewarded by Colonel Siddiqui of the ISI, sources said. The attackers of January 8 also comprised members of terror outfits Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, which are backed by the ISI.
The MI report said that the ISI chalked out the plan of beheading of Hemraj and mutilation of the body of Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh's body and engaged terrorists to execute the plot so that a fresh unrest surfaced at the border area. The report also spoke about several ISI officers who were part of the dastardly plan. According to the MI report, an ISI officer led the 15-member Border Action Team (BAT) which attacked the Indian soldiers on January 8. It was said a brigadier-rank ISI officer supervised the attack.
The ISI has several such BATs along the Line of Control (LoC) and the Pakistani Army also worked in tandem with the ISI in the operation.
The report also pointed out that senior ISI officers met important terrorist leaders and guides at Rawalkote in PoK a few days ahead of the attack. The meeting, which was presided over by a brigadier-level ISI officer, saw Colonel Siddique, Yousuf Khan alias Pathan, Azad Khan and Major Abbasi. Several guides, who are familiar with the topography of the LoC, were also present at the meeting. It was decided that the local guides would help the terrorist groups in infiltrating along the LoC in Poonch district and back the BATs in their operations.
A reward of Rs 5,000 was announced for planting mines on the Indian territory, Rs 10,000 for killing an Indian soldier and Rs 5 lakh for beheading a jawan.