After repeated ceasefire violations from Pakistan, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Monday said that the surgical strike was conducted to send a strong message. As per ANI report, he said,”Surgical strike was conducted to send a message and if adversaries do not understand, it will be repeated.” Rawat also said that the terrorist on the other side of the border is ready to terrorise, but we are also ready to welcome them. As per report he said,”Sarhad ke us paar jo atankwadi hain, wo taiyaar baithe hain. Hum bhi unke liye iss taraf taiyaar baithe hain.” He added,”Woh (terrorists) idhar aayenge, hum unko receive karke, dhai foot jameen ke neeche bhejte rahenge.”
Earlier, on Sunday, Jammu and Kashmir Police claimed to have foiled a major terror attack plan with the killing of three militants close to the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri. The police said the militants were planning a fidayeen attack, similar to last year’s attack on the Army’s Brigade headquarters in Uri town, as per Indian Express report.
One soldier and four civilians were wounded in the gunfight that lasted several hours at Kalghi village on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway, about seven kilometres from the Brigade headquarters in Uri. “We have averted a major tragedy today after zeroing in on the militants in Uri,” Director General of Police S P Vaid told reporters in Srinagar. “They (the militants) were planning an attack on the lines of the one on at the Army base last year.”
On September 18 last year, militants stormed the Brigade headquarters in Uri after cutting the fence and killed 19 soldiers in one of the worst militant attacks in valley. Several barracks of the fortified camp were also burnt to ashes in the attack.
On Sunday morning, the police received specific inputs about the presence of three militants at Kalghi village. As a joint team of police and Army cordoned off the village and zeroed in on the target houses, the militants opened indiscriminate fire. The forces retaliated, resulting in a gunfight that lasted several hours. The encounter ended with killing of all the three militants hiding in the village.