Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday said he has instructed the Army to ensure that there are no casualties in the force “as far as possible” during operations against terrorists and it has been taking necessary precautions.
Parrikar, who visited the family of Col M N Rai, killed in an encounter with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir on January 27, said he has personally assured them of all help.
“My instruction to Army is very clear. As far as possible, ensure that you don’t lose any men from your side,” he said, adding that the army has taken proper precautions during the last two months.
He also paid tributes to Col Rai, saying he was a brave officer.
“I visited his family and I have personally directed that all required support should be extended immediately. And wherever there is any difficulty, I have told them to get back to me if required,” he said.
Parrikar had visited the family last evening at Cariappa Vihar residence in Delhi Cantt and condoled the death of the officer.
39-year-old Rai lost his life fighting terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Tral area on January 27, just a day after being awarded Yudh Seva Medal.