Head Constable Prem Sagar was one of the two soldiers killed in the Krishna Ghati sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistan Army on Monday, their bodies mutilated.
The two soldiers, Prem Sagar and Indian Army’s Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh, were a part of a joint patrol team inspecting the border area to check the veracity of an intelligence report that landmines had been planted there by Pakistani troops.
Following the barbaric act, defence minister Arun Jaitley also assured the country that the sacrifice of the two soldiers will not go in vain while also assuring a stern action in response to the mutilation. “This is a reprehensible and an inhuman act by our neighbour. Such acts don’t take place even during the war, let alone peace. Bodies of soldiers being mutilated is an extreme form of barbarism,” said Jaitley.
“The Indian government strongly condemns this act and the whole country has full confidence and faith in our armed forces, which will react appropriately to this inhuman act. The sacrifice of these soldiers will not go in vain,” he added.
The DGMOs of India and Pakistan today spoke over hotline where the former expressed grave concern over the Krishna Ghati incident and the mutilation of the bodies of two Indian soldiers. DGMO, Indian Army said that “such dastardly and inhuman act is beyond any norms of civility and merits unequivocal condemnation and response”.
Head Constable Prem Sagar, 50, of the Border Security Force (BSF) head constable with the of 200th Battalion of the BSF, had last been home in February on a 45-day-leave.
Prem spoke to his wife Gyanwati Devi on phone early on Monday morning and asked about her health and whether her blood pressure was under check. On Monday morning, he even promised his family that he would be back soon.
Prem had last spoken to his daughter, Saroj too on Monday morning. He enquired about his wife’s health and told his daughter that he would not be able to talk to them in the evening, as he would be on the border post.
Hours later the soldier’s family in a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Deoria learned that he had been killed and mutilated by Pakistan soldiers. Hundreds of people have been gathering at his home to pay tribute. But the bereaved family will only receive the soldier’s mutilated body in a casket wrapped in tricolour.
Shattered and traumatised with the news of her father’s horrific death at the hands of the Pakistani Army in Krishna Ghatti, Jammu and Kashmir, the daughter of Border Security Force (BSF) head constable Prem Sagar, Saroj, on Tuesday demanded “50 heads in return” of her father’s life.
“His sacrifice should not be forgotten, we want 50 heads in return for his life,” said Saroj while consoling her mother, who was still coming to terms with her husband’s gruesome death.
“I am proud of my brother that he sacrificed his life for the nation, but is it very heart-wrenching the way he has been beheaded by the Pakistan military,” said Dayashanker.
His brother, Daya Sagar, is also a serving jawan in the BSF, and waited long hours trying to confirm if the reports were true. Daya Sagar is currently on leave and is visiting their family home in Uttar Pradesh’s Tikampar village, near Deoria. He was alerted by a neighbour who spoke to a journalist much before official confirmation reached the family, but frantic calls to the BSF personnel in Kashmir could not be connected due to poor network.
“My brother is a martyr and I am very proud of him. I request Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the way they are beheading our soldiers, we should too,” said Head Constable Sagar’s brother, Daya Shankar Prasad, who is also a BSF jawan.
Prem joined the force in 1994 and is survived by his wife and four children, three of who are still studying in school.
Head Constable Prem Sagar was from the 200th batallion of the BSF. He joined the force in 1994. He is survived by his wife and four children, three of who are still studying in school. The body of the BSF constable is likely to reach his village tomorrow evening.