Troops Alert, Possibility Of More Attacks Can't Be Ruled Out: Parrikar

11 December 2014
The Daily Excelsior
Fayaz Bukhari

Srinagar: Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar today said that recent militant attacks in Kashmir are aimed at scaring people away from the democratic process but 'they have failed in their designs'. He didn't rule out the possibility of more attacks during election process and said troops are alert to tackle them. The Defence Minister who arrived here today on a short visit to review the security situation in the wake of last week's audacious attack on an Army camp in North Kashmir's Uri sector told reporters:'Due to high voter turnout in elections, this is an attempt to bring it down again. But we managed to get good voting. You see the result of Tral, for example. From one per cent to 37.8 per cent.' Parikkar said that the people of the State want to be part of Indian democratic system and that is why they voted in large numbers. 'The people are coming out in large numbers to vote. People of Jammu and Kashmir want to be part of India and the democratic system,' he said. The Defence Minister said the possibility of more such attacks cannot be ruled out till the elections are over. 'Till the elections are on, the possibility (of attacks) cannot be ruled out. We are alert for it,' he said. Parikkar said the morale of the troops in Kashmir is high as it is evident from the way Uri and Nowgam infiltration incidents were tackled in a professional way. 'The casualties they suffered was at the beginning of the operation. Otherwise the Army did an extremely professional job. No civilian was allowed to be touched (by militants), that was the biggest success,' he said. Defence Minister earlier after his arrival reviewed the security situation in the State in the wake to recent militant attacks, including the Uri attack that left 11 security personnel dead. Parrikar was briefed by General Officer Commanding (GOC) Northern Army Command, Lt General D S Hooda, about the security situation in the State. 'The Defence Minister was apprised about the situation obtaining along the Line of Control, Line of Actual Control and hinterland operations of the Army,' Defence spokesman said here. The official said Parikkar was also briefed by General Officer Commanding of Army's 15 Corps Lt General Subrata Saha about the Army operations in the Valley, with particular reference to Uri operation on Dec 5 and Nowgam infiltration bid that was foiled on December 2. The Defence Minister also inspected the recoveries, including weapons and warlike stores, effected from the slain militants in the two operations in first week of the month. Parikkar also visited the War Memorial at the Badamibagh headquarters of Army's 15 Corps to pay tributes to the eight soldiers including a Lieutenant Colonel who were killed in the militant attack at Uri. A Defence spokesman said that on his arrival at Srinagar, the Defence Minister was received by Army chief, General Dalbir Singh, Northern Army Chief Lt Gen DS Hooda, and the Chinar Corps Commander, Lt Gen Subrata Saha. 'The Minister visited the War Memorial of the Chinar Corps and paid tributes to the martyrs by laying the wreath at the Memorial. He was briefed on the prevailing security situation in Jammu and Kashmir. The Minister was apprised about the robust Counter Infiltration grid along the Line of Control and the Counter Terrorist grid in the hinterland established by Army. The Minister was also given an overview of the Counter Infiltration and Counter Terrorist Operations undertaken by the Corps in the recent past. He appreciated the effectiveness of the intelligence and operational grid and the much higher success rate this year, in neutralizing infiltration attempts, which had contributed significantly towards a secure environment in the State', the spokesman said. The spokesman said that after addressing all ranks of the Corps, the Minister interacted at length with the soldiers and complimented them on the high state of morale and operational preparedness. He lauded the Army personnel for their selfless service towards the National Security. He assured that the Nation stood behind them and would support them in all their endeavours.