New Delhi, 18 July-2014, IANS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to New Delhi on Thursday…
New Delhi: Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh Suhag, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to brief him on the recent terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to reports, General Suhag briefed Prime Minister Modi about the ongoing situation and the army’s preparedness for similar challenges ahead. The army chief’s meeting with the Prime Minister assumes significance as the latter is scheduled to address a rally in Srinagar on December 8.
Jammu and Kashmir, which is in the midst of its five-phase state assembly elections, on Friday was left reeling after four terror attacks, which were aimed at undermining the legitimacy of the democratic process. The first attack, a pre-dawn hit on an army camp in the Uri sector of Baramullah reportedly left eight army personnel and three state policemen dead. In the operation, six militants were also killed. The second attack took place in the state’s capital Srinagar. Firing between militants and security forces left one militant dead. The operation was still underway as of 4 p.m. The third and fourth attack consisted of grenades being flung in Pulwama and Shopian. No casualties have been reported as of 4 p.m.
These attacks have seen as an affront to various political parties, who had previously stated that the people of Jammu and Kashmir had chosen ballots, not bullets to voice their opinion. Over the past week, the state has seen one act of terrorism per day, but the brave citizens of the state still stepped out to cast their votes. Indeed, in the first and second phase of the elections, which took place on November 25 and December 2, the state saw over 70 percent of the electorate casting their votes.
Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju termed the attacks an attempt to destabilise the democratic process. “There are definitely certain elements in the Valley which have attempted to destabilize the election process. These attacks are unfortunate,” he told ANI. “These attacks are being responded appropriately on the ground. Fresh reports are still awaited,” he added.