Nagrota Attack is a complete intelligence failure: Shiv Sena

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Nov. 30 : Hitting out at the Centre over the terror attack on an Army mess in Nagrota, Jammu and Kashmir, in which seven defence personnel were killed, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday dubbed it as a 'complete intelligence failure' and urged Prime Minister led government to launch a strict action against the hostile neighbour.

"It doesn't seem to be stopping. We need to take very strong action against Pakistan. I think one surgical strike was not enough. And the more astonishing and surprising facts are that the Army base camps are being targeted now. So, where is the intelligence, where is our information system? It is a complete failure that there used to be attacks on civilians, in the villages but now the army base camps and such place are being targeted," Shiv Sena leader Manisha Kayande told ANI here.

"After Pathankot this is the third attack, so it's a complete intelligence failure and the government has to take stringent action against it," she added.

Echoing similar sentiment, another Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut called on the government to up the ante against Pakistan and stop gloating over the one lone surgical strike.

"Ever since the Uri attack happened, Pakistan has turned the heat and unleashed a string of attacks on us, while we are still beating the drum about one, lone surgical strike.

Yes, we did carry out a surgical strike but clearly that has not silenced Pakistan. One mere surgical strike does not amount to teaching Pakistan a lesson," Raut told ANI. Meanwhile, extensive combing operations resumed today morning in Nagrota. Army spokesman, Lt. Col Manish Mehta said that search and combing operation began with first day light. A group of heavily-armed terrorists in police uniform stormed an army unit in Nagrota in morning hours yesterday, triggering an intense gunbattle that lasted for hours.

Seven army personnel, including two officers, were killed in this attack before three terrorists were killed in an armed stand-off which also involved a hostage-like situation with 12 soldiers, two ladies and two children being held captive.

Chief of Army Staff General Dalbir Singh briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on the attack carried out by police uniformed and heavily armed terrorists on an army unit located three kilometers from the corps headquarters.

In another incident, three terrorists were gunned down by BSF in Ramgarh area of Samba sector near the International Border after an encounter that lasted several hours and was followed by intense cross-border firing by Pakistani troops.

Source: ANI