The death of seven army personnel, including two officers, in a terror attack on an army base camp at Nagrota in Jammu has shocked the nation. This the biggest terror strike since the Uri attack in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the wee hours on September 19. India had avenged Uri attack by carrying out surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on September 29. Following the Nagrota terror attack, clamour for post-Uri like surgical strikes has increased.
Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, today appealed to the government to remain alert and give a befitting reply to Pakistan for the continuous attacks from the other side of the border. “The government is more indulged in publicity and paying less attention to the nation’s security. That’s why such incidents are taking place. If they would have been alert and given free-hand to our jawans, such incidents would not have taken place. The government should take the entire responsibility,” Kharge said.
Claiming that Nagrota incident happened because of “complete intelligence failure”, the Shiv Sena also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government to launch a strict action against the hostile neighbour. “It doesn’t seem to be stopping. We need to take very strong action against Pakistan. I think one surgical strike was not enough. And the more astonishing and surprising facts are that the Army base camps are being targeted now. So, where is the intelligence, where is our information system? It is a complete failure that there used to be attacks on civilians, in the villages but now the army base camps and such place are being targeted,” Shiv Sena leader Manisha Kayande said.
“After Pathankot, this is the third attack, so it’s a complete intelligence failure and the government has to take stringent action against it,” she added.
Another Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut echoed a similar sentiment, urging the government to up the ante against Pakistan and stop gloating over the one lone surgical strike.
Meanwhile, the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party leaders have pointed out the need to convey to the hostile neighbour that the surgical strike was not a onetime affair and that response will be given in kind. With such attacks, BJP leader RK Singh said Pakistan wants to send a message that their policy of hurting India through Jihad terrorism won’t change.
“I think we need to get across this message to them that our surgical strike was not a one –off affair this government is different from previous governments. This government’s policy is that if you hit us we will hit you harder. I think it is the time that we need to strike back. Otherwise, this sort of thing will continue. They are testing us and we need to respond,” Singh said.
Another BJP leader Ravinder Raina said that Pakistan will have to pay a heavy price for the Nagrota army cantonment area attack.
“No doubt seven of our jawans while fighting with terrorists, attained martyrdom, including two of our officers Major Akshay and Major Kunal, but it was an act of bravery from our jawans, they saved the families of the jawans who were kept hostage by the terrorists, including women and children,” said.
The seven soldiers died when a group of heavily-armed terrorists in police uniform stormed an army unit in Nagrota in morning hours on Tuesday. This triggered an intense gunbattle that lasted for hours.
Seven army personnel, including two officers, were killed in this attack before three terrorists were killed in an armed stand-off which also involved a hostage-like situation with 12 soldiers, two ladies and two children being held captive.
(inputs from ANI)