Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting on the Uri terror attack attended by top ministers and officials at his residence in New Delhi on Monday.
The meeting was attended by Union home minister Rajnath Singh, army chief Gen Dalbir Singh, defence minister Manohar Parrikar, finance minister Arun Jaitley and national security adviser Ajit Doval along with other senior officials at 7, Race Course Road. Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, however, was missing.
At the over two-hour-long meeting, the security top brass briefed the Prime Minister on the ground situation in the Kashmir Valley in the wake of the terror attack at a brigade headquarters in Uri, official sources said.
The defence minister and the army chief had visited Kashmir after the terror attack on Sunday.
Parikkar is believed to have told the army to act sternly, while minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju said a “befitting reply” would be given to the terror elements.
At least 17 soldiers lost their lives and 19 were injured as heavily armed militants, suspected to belong to the Jaish-e-Mohammed, stormed an army camp at the headquarters of the 12th Brigade in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.
India reacted strongly to the attack — the deadliest on the army in a quarter-century — with the Prime Minister and others strongly condemning it .
“We strongly condemn the cowardly terror attack in Uri. I assure the nation that those behind this despicable attack will not go unpunished,” Modi said.
The home minister blamed Pakistan squarely, calling it a “terrorist state” that should be isolated, while BJP leader Ram Madhav said days of “strategic restraint” were over and suggested that “for one tooth, the complete jaw” should be India’s policy after the attack.
Rajnath Singh too chaired a meeting with the defence minister and top security officials of the country on Monday to review the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly in the border areas, in the wake of the terror attack in Uri.
Doval and top officials of the ministries of home and defence, army, paramilitary forces and chiefs of intelligence agencies briefed Singh on the ground report in the Kashmir Valley as well as along the Line of Control, official sources said.
Possible strategies to deal with the fresh challenges arising out of the terror attack at the Army Brigade Headquarters, located along the LoC, was also discussed in the meeting, sources said.
Union home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, who postponed his visit to Srinagar, also attended the meeting.
Also reviewed at the meeting was the security situation across the country, particular along the western border — from Punjab to Gujarat.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is likely to investigate the terror attack on the Uri army base in Jammu and Kashmir.
“A team of NIA officials reached Srinagar on Sunday. It will be sent to Uri once the area is sanitised and the army gives its go-ahead,” said a senior home ministry official.