Published On : Mon, Sep 19th, 2016

Uri: PM’s security meet wth Rajnath, Army chief underway

uriA high-level meeting headed by PM Modi and home minister Rajnath Singh is underway at 7RCR. At the meeting are also Finance minister Arun Jaitley, NSA chief Ajit Doval and Army Chief Dalbir Singh and defence minister Manohar Parrikar. External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj not present at the meeting.

The meeting comes after Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a high-level meet to discuss a possible response to the audacious attack on an Indian military base camp in Uri in the early hours of Sunday that killed 17 jawans.

National Security Advisor Doval and top officials of the ministries of Home and Defence, Army, paramilitary forces and chiefs of intelligence agencies briefed Singh on the latest ground report in the Kashmir Valley as well as along the Line of Control.

Possible strategies to deal with the fresh challenges arising out of the terror attack at the Army Brigade Headquarters, located along the LoC, was also discussed in the meeting, sources said.

Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, who postponed his visit to Srinagar, also attended the meeting.

The Home Minister, Defence Minister and the top officials also reviewed the security situation across the country, particular along the western border from Punjab to Gujarat, the sources said.

Meanwhile, a team of National Investigation Agency is expected to visit Uri to gather leads and other evidence from the terror attack site.

Heavily armed militants suspected to be from Pakistan-based JeM had on Sunday stormed an army base in Uri in Kashmir, killing 17 jawans.

India had reacted strongly to the deadliest attack on the Army in Jammu and Kashmir in a quarter-century-old insurgency that sparked an outrage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemning it.