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India: Modi meets defence brass to discuss Uri response

Immediately after the Uri attack, Modi had vowed in a strongly worded tweet that he will not let the perpetrators go 'unpunished'. Photograph: (Getty)

ANI New Delhi, India Sep 24, 2016, 07.55 AM (IST)
Continuing his stand to take firm action against the perpetrators of the deadly Uri attack, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met with the Army, Air Force Chiefs of Staff and Naval Vice Admiral to discuss the prevailing security conditions.

Apart from Chief of Army Staff General Dalbir Singh Suhag, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha and the Naval Vice Admiral, the National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval was also present for the meeting at the Prime Minister`s residence.

Besides discussing the prevailing security situation in the country, discussions were also held on India`s response to the Uri attack, in which New Delhi has held Islamabad responsible.

Later in the day, the Modi will fly to the country's southern state of Kerala, where he will address party office-bearers in Kozhikode and is expected to break his silence on the government`s response to the terror attack on the Army base.

Immediately after the Uri attack, Modi had vowed in a strongly worded tweet that he will not let the perpetrators go "unpunished".

Earlier, the country's Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had asserted that the Prime Minister`s promise to punish those behind the Uri terror attack would not remain just words.

Last Sunday, a militant attack on an army base in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir, had claimed the lives of eighteen soldiers.

While 17 soldiers died on Sunday, the army confirmed that one more critically injured soldier succumbed to his injuries on Thursday, pushing the death toll to 18.

The armed militants lobbed grenades into their tents and barracks, while the soldiers were sleeping.

The ensuing fire led to a large number of casualties. Twenty-eight injured soldiers are being treated at a military hospital. 

(ANI)
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