Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday condemned the terror strikes in Kashmir valley, calling it a “shameful” attempt to attack Indian democracy.
Addressing an election meeting here, he hailed the Army personnel who sacrificed their lives to protect the country’s security and said that the nation would never forget them.
“Yesterday in Kashmir, terrorists made a shameless attempt to attack the Indian democracy and mother India’s darling, son of Jharkhand, Sankalp Kumar Shukla sacrificed himself for the sake of his country. I pay my respects to Sankalp and all those jawans who were killed in that attack. Jharkhand will remember their sacrifice forever and it will inspire future generations,” Modi said at the start of his speech in Gandhi Maidan.
Lt Col Sankalp Kumar of Punjab Regiment was among the eight Armymen killed in Mohura Army camp in Uri sector by a group of six militants, believed to have come from across the border.
The attack came just three days after 72 per cent voter turnout was registered in the second phase of incident-free Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday in a rerun of record polling in the first phase.
A total of 21 people were killed in four separate incidents in 12 hours in the Valley. Among them was a top commander of Pakistan-based terror outfit LeT and seven militants.
Terrorist activities started after Modi govt came to power, says Rahul
New Delhi, Jharkhand: A day after eight Armymen were killed by militants in J&K, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that “destabilising attempts” being “escalated from across the border in Pakistan” should be crushed with resolve. Rahul also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying terror activities started in the state soon after the BJP came to power at the Centre. “We had our government for 10 years. Tourists used to come to J&K. There was peace. As soon as his (Modi’s) government came to power (at the Centre), terrorist activities started,” he said at a rally in Ramgarh.