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Ajit Kumar Dubey
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Army says it reserves right to respond to Uri attack

PTI9_19_2016_000225B Soldiers guard outside the army base which was attacked by militants in Uri | PTI

Deeply hurt by the attack on its camp in Uri on Sunday, the army said it had the "desired capability" to respond to such acts of violence by Pakistan and that it reserved the right to respond to any act of the adversary at a time and place of its choosing. 

Addressing a press brief in the South Block, the Director General, Military Operations Lt Gen Ranbir Singh stated that the army had displayed a considerable restraint while handling the situation at the Line of Control (LoC) and hinterland.

"We have the desired capability to respond to such blatant acts of aggression and violence as deemed appropriate by us. We reserve the right to respond to any act of the adversary at a time and place of own choosing," he said.

India has held Pakistan squarely responsible for the attack which is the worst of its kind in the last few decades as 18 soldiers died after they were burnt alive by four Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists. 

Singh said the operations in Uri sector had been called off after conducting a detailed search of the area in and around the military complex. 

"The total recoveries from the slain terrorists include four AK 47 rifles, four under barrel grenade launchers, 39 UBGL grenades, five hand grenades, two radio sets, two GPSs, two map sheets, two matrix sheets, one mobile phone and a large number of food and medicine packets having Pakistani markings," he said.

The DGMO praised the army formations in Uri sector saying the 12th infantry brigade had eliminated four terrorists recently who were trying to infiltrate into Indian territory.

"In 2016, Indian army eliminated 17 infiltration bids along the LoC.  Of the 110 terrorists eliminated in Jammu and Kashmir, 31 were killed while they were trying to cross the LoC. The last two infiltration attempts—on September 11 at Punch and on September 18 at Uri—have been successfully thwarted by the army by killing four terrorists each in both the operations," the officer said. 

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