Defence Minister, Army Chief take stock of situation

Soon after a militant attack on Army’s Brigade headquarters in Uri area of north Kashmir left 17 soldiers dead and 19 others injured on Sunday, Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Army Chief Lt General Dalbir Singh arrived in Srinagar to take stock of the situation.
Defence Minister, Army Chief take stock of situation
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Soon after a militant attack on Army's Brigade headquarters in Uri area of north Kashmir left 17 soldiers dead and 19 others injured on Sunday, Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Army Chief Lt General Dalbir Singh arrived in Srinagar to take stock of the situation.

While the Army chief visited the site of the attack in Uri and interacted with the field commanders there, the Defence Minister was briefed by the Army officers about the sequence of the attack, at Army's Srinagar-based 15 Corps headquarters here.

Reliable sources said that Defence Minister and Army chief were briefed for an hour at about the Uri attack and it was mutually agreed that "vigil across the LoC needs to be heightened further." 

"Defence Minister and the Army chief laid special emphasis on remaining alert on the LoC to thwart Uri-type attacks and ensure no infiltration takes place," they said.

Army's spokesman in Srinagar in a statement said the Defence minister and the Army chief were briefed by the Army commanders about the sequence of the Uri attack.

The spokesman said the Defence Minister was briefed about the security grid along the LoC and the hinterland including deployment and employment of additional forces recently inducted into Kashmir.

"The need for heightened vigil both on the LoC and hinterland and to remain prepared for any developing was stressed upon. There have been a number of infiltration attempts that the Army has foiled recently," the statement said.  "It may be recalled that in the last one week itself, three such attempts were foiled in Kupwara sector when four militants were killed and another group of four militants 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 militants and "other inimical forces from moving with impunity and intimidating the populace."

Earlier, the Army Chief also visited Uri where he was briefed on the latest situation by the Commanders on ground.  "The defence minister and the Army chief also visited the Army's 92 base hospital and interacted with the injured soldiers there. The Defence Minister directed that the mortal remains of all the soldiers who laid their lives would be transported directly to their respective hometowns for which arrangements are being made," the statement said.

Meanwhile, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi will visit Srinagar tomorrow to review the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the attack in Uri. Following a directive of Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Mehrishi will visit Srinagar and attend a series of meetings with officials of the state government, army, police and paramilitary forces and take stock of the situation in the state, official sources said.

The Union Home Secretary is also expected to meet Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and discuss with them the "law and order situation" in Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, in the evening, Parrkiar tweeted: "The supreme sacrifice of 17 brave Soldiers will not go in vain. My salute to them. Reviewed situation in Kashmir following Uri attack with Army Chief & Commanders. Instructed to take firm action against those responsible."

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