Terror attack

Parrikar asks Army chief to act against those responsible for Uri attack

Flames and smoke rise from the Army camp during a terror attack in Uri Flames and smoke rise from the Army camp during a terror attack in Uri | PTI

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said he has asked Army Chief Gen. Dalbir Singh to take action against those responsible for the attack on the Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri town that left 17 soldiers dead.

"Reviewed situation in Kashmir following Uri attack with Army Chief and Commanders. Instructed to take firm action against those responsible," Parrikar said in a tweet.

"The supreme sacrifice of 17 brave Soldiers will not go in vain. My salute to them," he said in another tweet.

Parrikar was in Srinagar following the attack in which 17 soldiers lost their lives, and was briefed by the Army chief who visited the operation site in Uri.

An Army statement later said terrorists were "eliminated within the initial fifteen minutes of establishing contact".

Top officials including Northern Army commander Lt Gen. D.S. Hooda and Chinar Corps commander Lt Gen Satish Dua briefed the defence minister and the Army chief.

The defence minister was briefed about the security grid along the Line of Control (LoC) and the hinterland also covering the deployment of the additional forces that have been recently inducted into the valley, the release said.

"The need for heightened vigil both on the LoC and hinterland and to remain prepared for any eventuality was stressed upon," the statement said.

"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," it added.

Parrikar later visited the 92 Base Hospital at the Badami Bagh cantonment in Srinagar and interacted with the injured soldiers.

Home Secretary Mehrishi to visit Srinagar

Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi will visit Srinagar on Monday to review the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir with the top police and civil officials under the state government, an official source said.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh blamed Pakistan for the attack and said Islamabad should be isolated.

The home secretary will also call on the state Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Governor N.N. Vohra.

Mehrishi is expected to attend a series of meetings with officials of the state government, Army, police and paramilitary forces, the source added.

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