Defence minister Manohar Parrikar reviews security situation in Kashmir
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar reviews security situation in Kashmir

On the day of terror attack in Uri when four terrorists were killed and 17 soldiers martyred, the defence minister Manohar Parrikar and Army Chief General Dalbir Singh visited Kashmir to take stock of the ongoing operations and review the overall security situation in Kashmir.

They were briefed by the Northern Army and Chinar Corps Commanders Lt Gen DS Hooda and Lt Gen Satish Dua respectively at Srinagar on the Uri attack and the operation launched to neutralise the terrorists. While three of the four heavily armed terrorists were eliminated within the initial 15 minutes of establishing contact, the fourth was neutralised later and four AK 47 rifles and equal number of UBGLs along with other war like stores were recovered from them. Unfortunately, 17 soldiers have attained martyrdom in the operation. Thirteen of these soldiers died as they were trapped in the tents and shelters that caught fire due to the explosives used by the terrorists.

The defence minister was briefed about the security grid along the Line of Control (LC) and the hinterland also covering the deployment and employment of the additional forces that have been recently inducted into the Valley. The need for heightened vigil both on the LC and hinterland and to remain prepared for any development was stressed upon. There have been a number of infiltration attempts that the army has foiled recently. It may be recalled that in the last one week itself, three such attempts were foiled in Kupwara sector when four terrorists were killed and another group of four terrorists was eliminated in Poonch.

On being briefed about the internal security situation in the hinterland, the Army Chief reiterated the importance of complete synergy amongst all security, intelligence and other government agencies to ensure calm and prevent the terrorists from intimidating the people.

Earlier, the Army Chief also visited Uri to get a first-hand account where he was briefed on the latest situation by the Commanders on ground. The minister and Chief later met the casualties at the Army Base Hospital in BB Cantt. Saluting the martyrs, they expressed their deep grief and condolences over the loss and wished speedy recovery to the injured.


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