New Delhi, Oct 29: On January 14 2013, Sushma Swaraj had said, "if we don't get Hemraj's head, we should get ten of theirs. She was reacting after Lance Naik Hemraj Singh's body was decapitated after Pakistan resorted to firing on January 8. Today there is a similar situation.
On Friday night, in an encounter close to the Line of Control, one soldier was martyred while a terrorist was killed. The terrorists mutilated the body of the soldier before fleeing back to Pakistan occupied Kashmir under the cover of firing by Pakistan army.
The incident has been viewed very seriously and retaliation in the strongest form is round the corner, army officials say. The army spokesperson said that the incident reflected barbarism in the official and unofficial organisations in Pakistan. The incident will be responded to appropriately he also said.
Back in 2013 when a similar incident occurred, the wife of the martryed soldier, Hemraj had gone on indefinite fast at Shernagar in Uttar Pradesh. They demanded that the head of the soldier be found and returned.
Sushma Swaraj who is today the external affairs minister had visited the house of the soldier. She demanded that the head of the soldier be returned, if not we must get ten heads of soldiers from Pakistan.
The then Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh had assured Sushma that action would be taken and the opposition would be kept in the loop. India had also warned at that time that such a cowardly act was unacceptable and a repetition of such acts would not be tolerated.