Defence Minister reviews security situation

Srinagar: Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar Thursday said that higher voter turnout in Kashmir valley frustrated militants and they in a bid to disrupt the poll process orchestrated Mahora attack which claimed the lives of 11 government forces personnel.

Talking to reporters at Badami Bagh Cantonment soon after reviewing the security situation on ground level, Defence Minister said that Mahora Uri attack came after higher voter turnout in Kashmir valley that frustrated militants. “Poll process is going on smoothly and we saw higher voter turnout even in militancy affected areas like Tral and it is a good sign that people have started reposing trust and faith in Indian democracy,” Parikar said.

Parikar said that militants always want disruption while, “our alert security personnel have always foiled their designs.”

He said that the purpose of his visit was to understand the ground situation in the state.

Earlier, Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar soon after arriving in Srinagar reviewed the security situation and hold deliberations with top army brass.

Soon after his arrival, the Defence Minister was briefed by General officer Commanding in Chief of Army's Northern Command Lt General D S Hooda about the security situation in the border 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," an army official said.

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 December 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 militant attack at Uri. The Defence Minister addressed the troops and lauded their efforts in protecting the borders of the country. "We appreciate the sacrifices you make in ensuring the national security," Parikkar said. 

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