Lack of coordination between two guard posts at Uri Army camp: Probe

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), meanwhile, was finishing documentation work in the case besides effecting seizures of material evidence from the scene of attack.

By: PTI | Uri | Published:September 22, 2016 7:04 pm
uri, uri attack, uri kashmir attack, uri terrorist attack, Uri guard posts, Uri army camp, NIA, india news, indian express news, indian express Uri: Smoke rises from the Army Brigade camp during a terror attack in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. PTI Photo (PTI9_18_2016_000083B)

Initial investigations into the terror attack on a highly-guarded army camp in Kashmir in Uri have pointed towards several procedural lapses including lack of coordination between two guard posts. The National Investigation Agency (NIA), meanwhile, was finishing documentation work in the case besides effecting seizures of material evidence from the scene of attack.

The investigators probing the deadly attack in which 18 soldiers were killed have also found that the perimeter of the highly sensitive Brigade Headquarter of the Army was not properly fenced at several places, official sources said on Thursday. The probe also pointed towards the possibility of the four terrorists involved in the attack having sneaked in from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) through Haji Peer Pass on the intervening night of September 16/17 and stayed put at village Sukhdar, overlooking the Brigade headquarter, they said.

Sukhdar village is located at a vantage point allowing an unhindered view of the layout of the army base and movement of personnel inside it. The growth of wild grass and bushes around the perimeter of the brigade is seen as one of the factors that could have facilitated undetected movement of the terrorists close to the fencing, which was cut by the ultras to sneak inside the base, the sources said.

Standard security procedures provide for mowing any tall grass and cutting of bushes around vital security installations but it was not done around the target site. The initial probe has also pointed towards the failure of two manned guard posts, located barely 150 feet from each other, to detect the intrusion inside the base by the terrorists, they said, adding it could have been due to lack of coordination between the two guard posts.

Jammu and Kashmir Police has collected call details and internet data usage of all active cellphones and broadband connections in Uri town for the period of 24 hours prior to daring attack on the army base, the sources said.