Farewell to Uri terror attack martyrs; Tributes pour in

RSTV Bureau
 Army personnel in action inside the Army Brigade camp during a terror attack in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.

Army personnel in action inside the Army Brigade camp during a terror attack in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir, September 18, 2016. Photo – PTI

17 soldiers killed in Sunday’s dastardly militant attack in Uri were bid an emotional farewell at army headquarters in Badamibagh. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, senior Army and police officials paid tributes at the wreath laying ceremony on Monday.

“Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti laid wreaths on the coffins of the martyred soldiers at a somber ceremony held at headquarters of the Chinar Corps here at Badamibagh,” an Army official said.

General officer Commanding (GoC) of the Chinar Corps Lt General Satish Dua and Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police K Rajendra Kumar too were among senior security officials who laid wreaths to pay their respects.

Post the wreath laying ceremony, Mehbooba visited the injured soldiers at the 92 Base Hospital of the Army in Srinagar. Several jawans continue to battle serious injuries.

The mortal remains of the martyrs will now be transported to their respective hometowns.

While two of the 17 soldiers hail from Jammu and Kashmir, rest of them belong to Uttar Pradesh (four), Bihar (three), Maharashtra (three), West Bengal (two), Jharkhand (two) and Rajasthan (one).

Smoke rises from the Army Brigade camp during a terror attack in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir, September 18, 2016. Photo - PTI

Smoke rises from the Army Brigade camp during a terror attack in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir, September 18, 2016.
Photo – PTI

The terror strike, which is suspected to have been carried out by Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM, has drawn strong condemnation from all squares. Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti even went on to say that the attack is aimed at triggering fresh violence in Jammu and Kashmir and creating a “war-like” situation in the region.

“I strongly condemn the attack which seems to be aimed at triggering fresh violence and creating a war-like situation in the region,” she said on Sunday reacting to the dastardly terror attack.

Four heavily armed militants had stormed a battalion headquarters of the Army in North Kashmir’s Uri town in the wee hours Sunday, killing 17 jawans and injuring 19 other personnel. In an encounter, the security forces had neutralised all the four militants within hours.

Hailing the martyrs, Prime Minster Modi had strongly taken on the perpetrators of the attack, vowing that those behind the “despicable and cowardly” act will not go unpunished.

In a statement issued on Sunday, President Pranab Mukherjee said that India will not be cowed down by such “outrageous” attacks and that it will thwart the evil designs of terrorists and their backers.