In what can be called as an indirect attack on Pakistan, Rajanth Singh on Sunday said that the ‘neighbouring country’, was trying to destabilise India, as he announced that a committee will be sent to Pampore to look into any lapses in the handling of the terror attack that left eight CRPF personnel dead.
“An attempt is being made by these terrorists and our neighbouring country to destabilise India. I call upon Indian youth to stand up to face such forces and we should greet and welcome the bravery of our security people and the way they are working with such valour and courage,” said Singh without naming any country.
8 CRPF troopers were killed and 22 injured in a deadly firing attack on their bus by two LeT ‘fidayeen’ terrorists on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway in Pulwama district on Saturday. The two Lashkar militants were gunned down, officials said.
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Showering praise on security men for successfully eliminating two terrorists involved in yesterday’s attack, Singh said, “I have asked the Home Secretary to send a two-member committee to Pampore to look into any lapses so that we can correct it in the future and our jawans do not face martyrdom in such incidents.
He also said security forces have “standing orders” not to fire the first bullet, but “not count bullets while retaliating”.
He recalled an order he had given after the killing of five citizens by Pakistani Rangers a-year-and-half ago.
“I told them we will not fire the first bullet, but when we come under attack don’t count bullets while retaliating….that standing order remains in force,” he said.
A three-member team of Home Ministry officials will visit Kashmir on Tuesday to find out if there were any lapses involved in the attack in Pampore, the deadliest on security forces in recent years.
(With inputs from agencies)