Day before Nagrota attack, govt sent camp security guidelines to three services

Ministry sources told The Indian Express that although Manohar Parrikar had instructed that the guidelines be issued within a month, the six-month delay was due to the extensive consultation process with the stakeholders over the draft notification.

Written by Sushant Singh | New Delhi | Updated: December 2, 2016 9:08 am
Nagrotta attack, Nagrota terror strike, Avinash kumar, Major Akshay Girish Kumar, Nagrota camp, Yelahanka Air Force, terror attack, india news, indian express news The focus on the guidelines was revived in the Ministry after the September 18 Uri terror attack which led to the death of 19 soldiers. (Representational image)

On November 28, a day before the terror attack at an Army camp in Nagrota which claimed the lives of two officers and five soldiers, the Ministry of Defence had issued guidelines to the three services on security of military camps and installations. These guidelines were part of the recommendations of the Lt General Philip Campose committee report on security of defence installations. The expert committee, headed by retired Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt General Campose, was formed in the aftermath of the terror attack on the Pathankot airbase in January. The report, submitted to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in May, contained a three-page set of draft guidelines which were supposed to be issued to the Army, Air Force and Navy within a month.

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Ministry sources told The Indian Express that although Manohar Parrikar had instructed that the guidelines be issued within a month, the six-month delay was due to the extensive consultation process with the stakeholders over the draft notification. The focus on the guidelines was revived in the Ministry after the September 18 Uri terror attack which led to the death of 19 soldiers. These guidelines mainly deal with procedural issues, including training of soldiers to thwart terror attacks, and can be immediately implemented by the three services.

Citing operational reasons, the official spokesperson of the Ministry declined comment on the matter. “The committee’s report is comprehensive and addresses all issues. Now it is for the government to support and facilitate early implementation in an early timeframe,” Lt General Campose told The Indian Express. The report consists of six chapters, with the first chapter highlighting lapses in security at the Pathankot airbase. The second chapter undertakes a review of the existing security mechanisms of military installations, where it clearly states that the responsibility of security of a military unit is of the commanding officer and his own service, and his chain of command.

The third chapter focuses on the use of modern technology to enhance physical security of military installations. This necessitates a large quantum of funds to the defence services, and the report suggested priority of allocation in a phased manner. This is a chapter which is being hotly debated in the Ministry, as it would need additional allocation of funds from the government, and creation of capacity in the services to spend that money.
The fourth chapter reviews the state of Defence Security Corps while the fifth chapter recommends an independent external security audit of all defence installations. The recommendation of an external security audit has been objected to by the three services who wish to undertake such audits internally. The last chapter of the Campose report contains the summary of recommendations.

Meanwhile, Army sources said an inquiry into Tuesday’s terror attack at Nagrota will be undertaken after the mopping operations conclude. But the sources reiterated that no specific intelligence about the terror attack was made available to the Army by any of the agencies.
Sources maintained that holding the Army solely responsible for the terror attack is unfair since other security agencies are responsible for the security of the international border and the area between the border and the Nagrota camp.

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    avi
    Dec 2, 2016 at 3:37 am
    Indian officialdom is more interested in perks,status,red beacons on their cars with fawning side kicks to surround them ! lt;br/gt;There is no Hands ON professional approach for anything ???lt;br/gt;Unless they get a strong kick on their back side nothing will change.
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    Kaliyug
    Dec 2, 2016 at 1:30 am
    When the Generals are not dying there is no rush to improve security.
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    claire smith
    Dec 2, 2016 at 3:49 am
    More government and less governancelt;br/gt;Blame gamelt;br/gt;Reminder of bad old days ?
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    krish
    Dec 2, 2016 at 3:16 am
    Whatever the security measures are, should be taken with immediate effect. We cannot afford to play with the loss of life. In the same time, methods of retaliation should also be considered. Keeping quiet will make us more vulnerable.
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    m chakravaty
    Dec 2, 2016 at 7:07 am
    Armchair critics should kindly stop dissecting and finding faults; only those who have been in the line of fire know the dangers. It is the jawan who gets shot/beheaded, so those who just criticise need to be sensitive to the feelings of his colleagues and family.lt;br/gt;Any faults are severely and swiftly dealt in the military.
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    m chakravaty
    Dec 2, 2016 at 6:55 am
    No pushing down the neck of the CO outsiders like NSG, NIA; soon state police will be invited for post-mortem exam of each issue. lt;br/gt;Night vision and surveillance eqpt available on fast-track.lt;br/gt;Central armed police to do road patrolling; army people rarely get rest and are on night guard almost every night.lt;br/gt;Restore withdrawn benefits of those punished for taking proper action on those dangerously driving through security barriers despite orders---govt should show that it is giving troops a free hand.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Other thoughts:lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Cut indus water by 10% everytime such an attack occurs. Start now to get our prisoners back from pak.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Morale boosting--lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;1. Civ officials to ist separated families, and army widows; fauji's children get hle-free school admission every two years.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;2. Forward area roads and helipads upto all company HQs at least; regimental medics to know airway maintenance, stopping bleeding, starting i iv lines.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;3. Doctors 20 yr service get jt secy pay as for all govt doctors.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Netas not to issue self-congralutary or divisive statements on defence matters but to think jointly.
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    m chakravaty
    Dec 3, 2016 at 9:18 am
    Well before Campose committee, successive Chiefs have been asking for surveillance equipment and ni vi devices. What happened then?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Why did it take 6 months to study the paper? How long did babus take to gift themselves the only OROP of the nation? What was RM doing in his multiple trips to Goa, testing the gadgets? Where is the sense of urgency of MOD? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;All commanders are taught to avoid unnecessary loss of life; they have been trained to go through fire. Why look for scapegoats to cover one's faults with no military background and the only qualification is to use the army for one's advancement and then pull it down?
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    Vihari Naidu
    Dec 2, 2016 at 2:20 am
    No commanding officer was held accountable for Pathankot and Uri installations. In India no one is accountable. Brave soldiers just loose their lives and those who were complacent go scot-frew.
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