Something may have gone wrong, says Parrikar

RSTV Bureau
File Photo ( PTI )

File Photo ( PTI )

Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that something may have gone wrong in Uri, where 18 Indian soldiers were killed in a dastardly terror attack on Sunday. Parrikar’s remarks has come at a time when NIA, probing the matter, in its initial investigations have found that terrorists managed to sneak in by cutting the perimeter fencing of the highly-guarded army installation at two places.

The NIA probe is also indicating at the possibility of terrorists having before-hand knowledge of the army camp.

Saying “something may have gone wrong,” the Union Defence minister on Wednesday evening also said “We will definitely find out what went wrong and will also ensure that it doesn’t happen again”.

“Prime Minister’s statement that those behind #Uriattack will not go unpunished, will not remain a statement. We are serious about it,” he added firmly reflecting on the on-going deliberations at the top echelons of the government working on the response.

Four heavily armed terrorists, suspected to be from Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) terror outfit attacked the army camp in the wee hours on Sunday.

Signalling to pursue the strategy of isolating Pakistan on the global level, India is preparing to apprise the world about the dastardly terror attack in the UN General Assembly as well.

Probing the incident, NIA investigators are not ruling out “insider help” to the terrorists in view of the precise nature of the actions undertaken by the intruders once inside the army base.

In an indication that the terrorists were well-versed of the layout of the army base close to the Line of Control (LoC), the assailants locked the cooking room and store from outside to prevent the soldiers from leaving before setting them afire, sources privy to the probe said today.

The two Global Positioning System (GPS) sets recovered from the slain militants were damaged during the attack and have been handed over to the NIA. The NIA team will also collect the DNA samples of the four unidentified terrorists and their pictures would be shown to militants lodged in various jails of the state as well as other parts of the country.

Besides, the central probe agency would prepare a dossier and may make a formal request to Pakistan once the identity of the four was ascertained.

Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen Ranbir Singh had told reporters hours after the attack that as per initial reports the slain terrorists belonged to Jaish-e- Mohammad (JeM), a Pakistan-based terror outfit.

“All four killed were foreign terrorists and had carried with them items which had Pakistani markings. Initial reports indicate that the slain terrorists belong to Jaish-E-Mohammed tanzeem,” Lt Gen Singh had said.

However, various intelligence agencies probing the bloodiest attack on army in Kashmir in 27 years believe that the attack could be handiwork of LeT, which has been induging in shallow infiltration — a strategy to target the first available security installation by the infiltrators after crossing the LoC.

(With inputs from the PTI)