Army chief visits Nagrota; combing operation on
Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag on Wednesday visited the Nagrota-based 16 Corps headquarters and was briefed about Tuesday’s terror attack in which seven officers and jawans were killed, even as combing operation to flush out any remaining militant continued.
Three militants were killed by security forces personnel and combing operation to sanitise the area was nearing end.
Gen Suhag arrived in Nagrota in the afternoon and was briefed by the top commanders on the terror attack at an army artillery unit. He was also briefed about the combing operations. He reviewed the security aspect post terror attack and paid tributes to those killed in the strike.
“Combing operation resumed this morning at the camp. The area has to be cleared. Operation is on to see whether there is presence of any other militant in the area or not. We cannot take any chance,” a senior army officer said.
‘Blinds’ (unexploded shells) were destroyed at the site of the terror attack by a bomb disposal team during the combing operation. Jammu was rocked by two terror attacks on Tuesday in which seven army personnel, including two Major-rank officers, were killed and eight other security personnel, including a BSF DIG, were injured, before six heavily-armed terrorists were eliminated in the separate fierce encounters.
In one incident, a group of heavily-armed terrorists in police uniform stormed an army unit in Nagrota, about three kms from the Corps headquarters on the outskirts of Jammu city. Seven army personnel, including two officers, were killed in this attack before three terrorists were killed in an armed stand-off which also involved a hostage-like situation with 12 soldiers, two ladies and two children being held captive. All were rescued.
Three terrorists were gunned down by BSF in Ramgarh area of Samba near the International Border after an encounter that lasted several hours and was followed by intense cross-border firing by Pakistani troops. Four security personnel, including BSF DIG, were injured in this incident.
Guv asks forces commanders to review, enhance security of important installations
Expressing serious concern over repeated terrorist attacks on security forces establishments in the state, Governor N N Vohra on Wednesday asked all security forces commanders and the government to enhance surveillance and immediately review security of all important installations.
He disapproved of Pakistan’s continuing attempts to exacerbate the situation when India was seeking to restore peace and normalcy. Vohra asked Chief Secretary to direct districts and divisional civil and police administration to immediately review the security of all important installations and establishments in the state.
After being briefed about the attacks by Pakistani terrorists at Ramgarh and Nagrota on Tuesday, the Governor spoke with Northern Army Commander Lt Gen D S Hooda, DGP J&K K Rajendra, GOC XVI Corps Lt Gen A K Sharma, GOC 26 Div Maj Gen S Sharma and IG BSF (Jammu Frontier) D K Upadhyaya. He conveyed to GOC XVI Corps and IG BSF his grief and sincere sympathy and requested that the same be conveyed to the next of the kin of the soldiers who lost their lives in the encounters with the terrorists and hoped that the injured Army and BSF personnel would recover very early.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who also condemned the terror attack on an army formation at Nagrota, said, in a statement issued here, that Jammu and Kashmir has suffered heavily due to the unending cycle of violence and appealed for an end to it.
She has expressed sympathies with the families of slain soldiers and prayed for speedy recovery of the injured.