Nagrota attack: Army wives used household items to block house doors, averted hostage situation

The terrorists wanted to enter the family quarters where they could take the families of the soldiers and officers hostage.

By: PTI | Nagrota | Updated: November 30, 2016 7:10 pm
Nagrota, Nagrota attack, Nagrota attack news, Nagrota news, Nagrota Army camp, Nagrota Army camp, Nagrota Army camp attack, Nagrota news, India news Security personnel at the Army camp in Nagrota near Jammu on Tuesday. (PTI Photo)

Bravery of the wives of two army officers who were staying in the family quarters helped in averting a major hostage crisis during the encounter that took place in Nagrota area of Jammu Tuesday. Soon after the heavily armed terrorists disguised in police uniform entered an army unit located within three kms from the headquarters of the 16 Corps, they wanted to enter the family quarters where they could take the families of the soldiers and officers hostage. However, due to the bravery of these two women, who were staying in the family quarters along with their newborns, the plans of the terrorists could not materialise.

“The wives of the two army officers, who were on night duty when the encounter broke out, displayed exemplary courage as they blocked the entry of their quarters with all the household items, making it difficult for the terrorists to break into the houses,” an army officer privy to the encounter said. Had the women not shown this alertness, the terrorists would have been able to take them hostage and would have succeeded in causing huge damage to the army and the families, he said.

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“The terrorists entered two buildings which were occupied by officers, families and men. This led to a hostage-like situation. The situation was very quickly contained and thereafter, in a deliberate operation all were successfully rescued, which included 12 soldiers, two women and two babies,” Defence spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta said.

The two babies rescued are 18 months and two months old, the officer said. However, in the rescue attempt one more officer and two jawans sacrificed their lives, the spokesman said. He said the bodies of three terrorists have been recovered and operations were in progress to sanitise the complete area. “The terrorists forced their entry into the Officers Mess complex by throwing grenades and firing at the sentries. In the initial counter action, one officer and three soldiers of the Army were martyred,” he said.

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    Kt govindan
    Nov 30, 2016 at 8:39 am
    The methord adopted by terrorist issame technique as in senior army or police uniform. The junior level army persons forget their vigil once they saw the senior officers. Instead of stoping and ask their ideny the sepoys allow them to get in. So resctrict entry points and arrange a visitor building in seperate enclosure so that their ideny may be ascertained. Lastly at such entry point an officer be posted as security officer. This will give some control over the incoming danger.
  2. K
    Kt govindan
    Nov 30, 2016 at 8:32 am
    The methord adopted by the terrorist to gain entry is same. In senior army
  3. S
    Nov 30, 2016 at 12:56 pm
  4. S
    Nov 30, 2016 at 8:44 am
    I pray my Guru Sri Kulandaiananda Swamigal to shower grace on Army personnel to handle the situation and let this not happen in future.
  5. D
    Nov 30, 2016 at 9:32 am
    I don't understand why our security forces entry point is so weak in spite of repeated attacks of the same type. I think our army or politicians don't learn from mistakes. Other countries they don't do the same mistakes. I feel our army training should be enhanced
  6. H
    Nov 30, 2016 at 9:43 am
    There are hundreds of traitors like Farooq Abdulla and Geelan who may be sending information as to where to attack...koon ki Kashir unke baap ki jagir hai na..
  7. P
    Nov 30, 2016 at 8:40 am
    Jai Hind! Very great job by the wives of the Army officers very great.
  8. Y
    Nov 30, 2016 at 8:34 am
    MC Bhakts are hiding under carpet. Surgical Strike my foot. Feku has escalated entire thing and our soldiers' blood is on their hand. ANGRY to the core of my heart seeing soldiers dying everyday.
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