Calling for a strong retaliation to the Uri terror attack in which 17 Indian Army soldiers have been martyred, BJP’s National General Secretary Ram Madhav has said that “for one tooth, the complete jaw”. In a post on the social networking site Facebook, Madhav said, “The Prime Minister has promised that those behind the Uri terror attack will not go unpunished. That should be the way forward. For one tooth, the complete jaw.”
Madhav goes on to say that the “days of so-called strategic restraint are over”. “If terrorism is the instrument of the weak and coward, restraint in the face of repeated terror attacks betrays inefficiency and incompetence,” he writes. “India should prove otherwise,” he concludes.
Terrorists attacked an Indian Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri area, killing 17 soldiers and injuring 19 security personnel. An Indian Army spokesperson has said that four terrorists have been neutralised by the security forces. The attack took place at the Indian Army’s administrative base in Uri. Combing operations are currently underway to sanitise the area. “On the early hours of 18 September 2016, a group of heavily armed terrorists targeted the rear administrative base of a unit at Uri, Kashmir. In the counter action, four terrorists have been eliminated and combing operations are in progress. The administrative base had large strength of troops of units turning over after their tour of duty were stationed in tents/temporary shelters which caught fire, and resulted in heavy casualties. We salute the sacrifice of 17 soldiers, who were martyred in the operation,” said an Indian Army statement.
Indian Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag is currently in Uri to review the situation and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will also be visiting the state. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has strongly condemned the attack. “We strongly condemn the cowardly terror attack in Uri. I assure the nation that those behind this despicable attack will not go unpunished. We salute all those martyred in Uri. Their service to the nation will always be remembered. My thoughts are with the bereaved families,” PM Modi tweeted. “Have spoken to HM & RM on the situation. RM will go to J&K himself to take stock of the situation,” he said. Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a high-level meet in the national capital in which NSA Ajit Doval was also present. Singh has postponed his visit to Russia and US in wake of the terror attack.