Narendra Modi and team get first Army briefing

Jawan killed : Firing in Mendhar sector, Jaitley heads to J&K today

Written by Manu Pubby , Arun Sharma | New Delhi/jammu | Updated: June 14, 2014 6:22 am
The IED was suspected to have been planted by a Pakistan Border Action Team. The IED was suspected to have been planted by a Pakistan Border Action Team.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi got his first briefing in the Indian Army war room on Friday on the security situation in the country, the status of the borders and the operational preparedness of the military.

The briefing by senior Army officers in South Block came even as an Army jawan died in an IED explosion near the Line of Control in the Mendhar region. This led to heavy exchange of fire in the Bhimber Gali brigade area.

The IED was suspected to have been planted by a Pakistan Border Action Team (BAT). At least six others, including an officer, were injured in the blast and during attempts to clear the area.

In South Block, Modi was given a detailed presentation on the security environment. Those present in the war room included Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, Minister of State Rao Inderjit Singh and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

Since April this year, there have been 20 incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the LoC and international border in Jammu & Kashmir. Last year, there were 149 such incidents, resulting in the death of a dozen jawans and injuries to 41 others.

Jaitley will be in J&K for two days, his first trip to the state after being given charge of the defence portfolio.

On Friday morning, Pakistani troops targeted Indian positions in the Balakote sector with mortars and rockets, killing cattle and damaging houses.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted “significant ceasefire violation in Rajouri & Poonch with reports of some shells having landed in civilian areas. Some livestock loss.”

In another tweet, he questioned the timing of the ceasefire violation: “Is it just a coincidence that the Defence Minister is visiting J&K, for his 1st visit, to review the security situation tomorrow?”

The dead jawan was identified as Shankar Singh of 20 Jat. Those injured are Major K K Bhatia of 66 Engineering Regiment, Havaldar Sushil Kumar, Lance Naik Mohinder Singh, Sepoys Sukhwinder, Shailender Prakash and Shibu Ram Singh — all from 20 Jat and 6 Rajputana Rifles.

The J&K situation was discussed at the war room meeting and intelligence inputs suggest that there could be “more such attempts to provoke a reaction”.

The \May 18 attack, which left Sepoy Bhikale Uttam Balu of the 2 Maratha Light Infantry (MLI) dead and two others injured, was a cause of serious concern, an official said. In the Akhnoor attack, a border action team that likely consisted of Pakistani regulars infiltrated almost a kilometre inside Indian territory and planted a mine to target a patrol party of the MLI.

Dismissing speculation that the mine could have been old and had gone off accidentally, the official said the explosive had been planted deliberately to target the patrol. Along with the mine explosion that killed the sepoy, small arms fire also targeted the Indian patrol.

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    Abhishek Kumar
    Jun 14, 2014 at 8:01 am
    All secular forces appealed that for the time now we have to wait and see the present government and must not realize any controversial issue, so that the internal atmosphere of the country remain peaceful and we may take up development.
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    Abhishek Kumar
    Jun 14, 2014 at 8:01 am
    Asadduddin Owaisi trying Indian society to divide on religious lines and create chaos? He pointed out that when there was Congress government at Centre, Owaisi did not remembered Babri Masjid, Gujarat and Ishrat Jahan Case. What is his motive?
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    Abhishek Kumar
    Jun 14, 2014 at 8:01 am
    At this time when Prime Minster Narendra Modi is only talking about roadmap of development in the country and is not raising any controvercial issue why MIM supreme and Hyderabad MP Asadduddin Owaisi has raised issue of Babri Masjid and Gujarat Genocide in the parliament .
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    Abhishek Kumar
    Jun 14, 2014 at 8:01 am
    Your surroundings are taken care of by the government. Who bothers here. Here Govt doesn't take care of our security leave our surroundings. It is difficult here. People have huge ego. And on top of that govt scheme providing daily wage with or without work have mad the youth not wanting to work at all.....
  5. A
    Jun 14, 2014 at 5:23 am
    Time for India to reciprocate stealthily.
  6. S
    Jun 15, 2014 at 12:37 pm
    You want status quo so that those who kill can continue killing and those who die can continue dying. If that's what you need, you deserve to live in the gutters that we currently have.
  7. G
    Jun 15, 2014 at 4:58 am
    Because owaisi is secular no matter what he says. That's why he was in UPA.It is very clear UPA and seculars only care for themselves at whatever cost and not the national interest.
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    Ramesh Negi
    Jun 15, 2014 at 5:23 am
    Ones Nation pride(services) are respected than one can feel safe and secure.
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