Students hold candlelight vigil in Agartala to pay tribute to Uri bravehearts

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Agartala (Tripura) [India], Sept. 20 (ANI): Condemning the terror strike on the Army's Administrative Unit at Uri in which 18 soldiers lost their lives, the students took out a candlelight vigil in Tripura's Agartala city to offer their tributes to the bravehearts. The students were also joined by their teachers and local journalists during the march, which began from Umakanta mini stadium. Abhijit Bhattacharjee, one of the organizers of the march, condemned the increased terror attacks on Indian soil and laid emphasis on "peace and tolerance" at this point of time to deal with the crisis. "The students have assembled here to express their solidarity with the nation and armed forces while stressing that we are all united at this point of time," he added. Joysree Sinha, one of the protestors, condemned Pakistan's cowardly act and called for peace in the nation. "What happened is very sad and should not have happened. We all want peace and are living happily in a peaceful nation. This kind of thing should not happen and I condemn this," she added. In one of the worst attacks in recent times, as many as 18 soldiers were killed 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 on Sunday. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh earlier today chaired a high-level security review meeting at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) over the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir post the Uri terror attack. NSA Ajit Doval, Director of Intelligence Bureau, RAW Chief, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, Minister of State in Prime Minister Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh and other senior MHA and MoD officials were in attendance. A National Investigation Agency (NIA) team has begun its probe into the incident. The team visited the encounter site in Baramulla district yesterday in this regard. Sources said the NIA has filed an FIR in the attack case. The Army will hand over all weapons, GPS, navigation map of terrorists to the NIA for further investigation. This comes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his key ministers yesterday received counsel against rash military action. Top military commanders warned that Pakistan's Army had raised its defensive posture along the LoC. Few details emerged from the meeting, but senior government figures pushed back against calls from their ranks for immediate military strikes against Pakistan. Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh yesterday warned Pakistan in the wake of the Uri strike and said India reserves the right to respond to any act of the adversary. "We have the desired capability to reply to such blatant act of violence in a manner as deemed appropriate by us. We reserve the right to respond to any act of the adversary at the time and place of our own choosing," he told the media in New Delhi. (ANI)