Seeking proof of surgical strikes illegal, unjustified: Public prosecutor

"I was asked by the court to examine NSG commandos as witnesses so as to know how they had countered the terror attack, but I refused to do so," the public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: October 12, 2016 6:26 pm
Surgical strike proof, surgical strike, Ujjwal Nikam, LOC, India pakistan, Indian Army, news, latest news, world news, international news Special public prosecutor Nikam said, a similar situation on disclosure of evidence on fight between army and terrorists had occurred during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks trial.

Noted special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam on Thursday said that any demand for proof of army’s surgical strikes across the LoC is “illegal and unjustified”.

“Such a demand for disclosure of evidence on surgical strikes is not only illegal but also not justified, because if the evidence is disclosed by way of video footage or photographs it would endanger the Indian Army and the security of India. This would give an opportunity to the enemy country to adopt counter steps in future by attacking us,” Nikam, who was the Special Public Prosecutor in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case, told PTI.

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He was responding to the government’s stand that it has the proof but would not disclose it in public. Nikam said, a similar situation on disclosure of evidence on fight between army and terrorists had occurred during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks trial.

He said the special court wanted to know how National Security Guards (NSG) commandos had fought the terrorists who had come from Pakistan and attacked targets in Mumbai such as hotel Taj, Trident and other places. The terrorists included Ajmal Kasab, the lone attacker captured alive who was later sentenced to death.

“I was asked by the court to examine NSG commandos as witnesses so as to know how they had countered the terror attack, but I refused to do so,” Nikam said.

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Eventually, the Maharashtra government and NSG had challenged the order of special court (to examine NSG guards) in Bombay High Court which ruled that such evidence, i.e., strategy adopted by armed guards in fight against terrorists, could not be disclosed in public interest, he said. The law of the land also prohibits the authorities to disclose the details of surgical strikes launched by India on terrorists camps in Jammu and Kashmir, he further said.

“To ask for the proof of surgical strikes is not only ridiculous but this would help the enemy country as they would  benefit by knowing our warfare tactics and might employ counter strategy to defeat India, Nikam said.

“Few persons who have raised a hue and cry by asking for proof of surgical strikes by India are grabbing headlines in Pakistani media. Are they really aware of the implications of what they are demanding?”, he said. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on Monday released a video clip in which he “saluted” PM Narendra Modi for the surgical strikes by Indian Army but also urged the prime minister to clear the air around “Pakistan’s false propaganda”.

He was later criticised by Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. “It was most painful and unfortunate that the AAP leader was in Pakistani media headlines today as his remarks yesterday gave it a chance to question India Army’s claim,” the BJP had leader said.

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    Moin shah
    Oct 6, 2016 at 12:27 pm
    Shame on indian people that they don't believe in thier gov which is elected by them we should always support our gov. on international level issues by the way how are our relationship with our neighbours countries we know that better than other nations more quitioning on surgical strike by the stupid people its means that "aa bhenc mojhe maar"
    1. F
      Oct 6, 2016 at 12:21 pm
      This joker is part of feku gangs attempts to elicit ''testimony' from David Headley that Ishrat jahaan was an LET operative.Later Headley denied having said anything like;br/gt;Recently,audio conversation of Fekus Home Secretary leaked out wherein he was tutoring witnesses in the very inquiry he was supposed to be heading into the ishrat missing;br/gt;Why is Feku trying to derail the trial into the fake encounters ? He is not even a party to it. Why are all fake encouter cops out on bail unopposed from the guj state ?? Why all officers who stood up for law behind bars or victimized ??lt;br/gt;Thhink...
      1. S
        Oct 6, 2016 at 12:46 pm
        Sick ppl like Kejri, Sanjay Nirupam and Anand Sharma are in the headlines of Pak Daily Dawn as these junk ppl in india are their heros. Infact, Kejri already in talks with Porkistan to setup AAP branch PAAP (Prokistan Aam Admi) Party. He can have n number of gundas/atankavadis joining his PAAP
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          kamath Ramesh
          Oct 6, 2016 at 11:30 am
          What is illegal and unjustified to entire nation, is perfectly legal and justified to kejri.
          1. M
            Oct 6, 2016 at 10:49 am
            If you claim that you have made a surgical attack on a sovereign neighbours land then it is only logical that world will demand proof otherwise, it will be considered as a joke. During the time of Congress rule, there were surgical attacks but these actions were kept confidential - nobody thumbed their chest and tried to take political mileage. Now that the BJP has made these claims to the world, they have to back it up with evidence,
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