Uri Attack: Defence Minister Parrikar cuts short Goa visit to rush to New Delhi

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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday cut short his Goa visit and rushed to New Delhi following a terror attack in Uri town of Kashmir in which 17 jawans were killed and 19 others injured.

“Parrikar has rushed to Delhi to oversee the situation after the terror attack. He has cancelled all his Goa appointments scheduled for today,” BJP Goa chief Vinay Tendulkar said.

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The Defence Minister was supposed to chair a meeting of BJP Mahila Morcha Sunday morning followed by another meeting of Yuva morcha in the evening, which are being held in the run-up to state Assembly polls due next year. Later, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar chaired the Mahila Morcha meeting.

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Parsekar condemned the terror attack and said the government should be more “offensive” in such incidents.

“The incident is most unfortunate. It should not have happened. I condemn it,” the chief minister said on the sidelines of a function organised by the Mahila Morcha.

“Government of India needs to be little more offensive towards such incidents. The Centre should ensure that adequate measures are adopted to avoid such incidents in future,” he said.

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Heavily armed militants stormed a battalion headquarters of the Army in North Kashmir’s Uri town in the wee hours today, killing 17 jawans and injuring 19 other personnel in the terror strike in which four ultras were neutralised.

(With PTI inputs)

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