Something went wrong, must not such repeat mistakes: Parrikar on Uri

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi [India], Sept. 21 (ANI): Asserting that the deadly terror attack in Uri was a case of 'something gone wrong', Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday stated that steps must be taken to ensure that incidents like such are not be repeated again. Addressing a Question and Answer session here after an event, Parrikar gave a calculated response when asked to comment on the Uri attack, stating that he could not divulge all the information at this stage, but admitted nevertheless that something had gone wrong. "Something must have gone wrong. It's a very sensitive matter. When something goes wrong, you must try to ensure that it does not happen again," Parrikar said. Assuring that the Centre will do everything to find out 'what went wrong', the Defence Minister stated that steps must be taken to ensure that such incidents are not repeated again. "I think the country needs to ensure that repetitions of wrongs doe not repeat again and again," he added. Maintaining his stand as to not divulge too much information, Parrikar further said that he normally preferred to 'implement things rather than talking'. He also emphasised that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement that 'those behind the Uri attack will not go unpunished', will not remain a mere comment. Meanwhile, the National investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the terror attack in Uri Sector of Jammu and Kashmir, will be seeking the help of the Army, Intelligence Bureau and RAW to get identities of the terrorists verified. The agencies will be asked to provide the NIA with intercepts of the last two to four months in the region. As per sources, Kashif Jaan, who had escorted the Pathankot terrorists till the border, could also have been the handler of the slain terrorists in Uri. The NIA sources say that the Uri attack may have been masterminded by Kashif Jaan, Rauf Asgar and Masood Azha. The NIA yesterday filed an FIR in the Uri terror strike case and a six-member team will soon visit the site of the attack to collect the evidence in the matter. According to sources, NIA will collect the blood samples and finger prints of the four killed terrorists in Uri. The Army is set to handover all items recovered from the killed terrorists including weapons, navigation maps to the NIA for further investigation. The NIA will also send the GPS and icon satellite set to the United States for forensic investigation to find out what route the terrorists chose and when and how they entered Indian territory. In one of the worst attack in recent times, at least 18 soldiers lost their lives and over 20 others got injured post the terror strike on an army camp close to the headquarters of the 12th Brigade at Uri in Baramulla district. Director General of Military operation Lt. Ranbir Singh has said that the four terrorists, who attacked the military base in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri, belonged to Pakistan's banned terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). (ANI)