New Delhi: In the wake of Saturday’s Pulwama encounter, the Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs of India, Kiren Rijiju, on Sunday said that the attack should not be taken as government’s failure, and that army’s “accomplishments in the past months should also be taken into account”.
“In the last few months, our forces and the Army’s influence has been prominent, and they have been successful. This incident came as a setback to us and it’s a tragedy and a great loss, as eight personnel in total have died from both the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Nevertheless, the action that we started to finish off militants will not end yet,” Rijiju told the reporters.
Rijiju asserted that the “militants operation will not be thwarted by the tragedy”.
“In this trying time, we stand with the families of slain forces personnel. I pray to god for their souls, but as I said, the operation will not stop,” he said.
With incremental attacks and cases of insurgency cropping up in the Kashmir valley, the MoS was also asked if the government had failed to take any “effective actions”.
“This is not a failure of the government because you have to take into account the accomplishments in the last months,” he answered.
He refused to divulge the details of further actions, and said that “you will get to know as and when it happens”.
Eight government forces personnel, including four CRPF soldiers and four policemen, were killed in the encounter with three Fidayeen Pulwama district yesterday.
The militants had stormed into District Police Lines Pulwama around 4 am yesterday. The attack was claimed by Jaish-e-Muhammad.