Vowing a befitting reply to Pakistan after Uri attack, the Indian Army on Monday said that it reserves the right to respond at a chosen time and place. DGMO while briefing media after finishing search operation, said, “we reserve the right to respond at the time and place of our choosing.” Detailing about the recoveries made by Army, the DGMO said that total recoveries during Uri operation include 4 AK rifles,4 grenade launchers and 4 under barrel grenade launchers. As per the DGMO, the recoveries also include 39 under barrel grenade launcher grenades, 5 hand grenades, 2 radio sets, 2 global positioning systems.
The Army said that it has also recovered maps and metric sheets used by the terrorists to move from one place to another. “2 map sheets, 2 metric sheets that they (terrorist) use when they move from one place to another as guidance points, also recovered,” DGMO said. Speaking on the cross-border terrorism, the army said that infiltration bids have increased in the year 2016 in comparison to the last 3 to 4 years. “Recoveries include, a large quantity of food and medicine packets, having markings of Pakistan. During 2016, there have been a total of 17 infiltration bids across the LoC, which have been successfully eliminated by Indian Army,” said DGMO.
In one of the worst terror attacks on the Indian Army in Jammu and Kashmir in recent times, 18 army soldiers were killed and 19 others were injured on Sunday morning when four heavily armed fedayeen stormed into the administrative buildings and store complex of an infantry battalion in Uri, home of the 12 Infantry Brigade, near the Line of Control (LoC).
The army neutralised four terrorists after a three-hour long gunfight. As per the initial probe, it is maintained that the militants belonged to Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the attack, Army chief General Dalbir Singh and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar flew to Srinagar to take stock of the situation.