Jammu, Nov 29: Almost two months after Uri terror attack that had martyred our 20 jawans, another army artillery unit has come under attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nagrota. Two to three heavily armed terrorists attacked the 166 field regiment camp in Nagrota. Two militants were believed to have been killed and six soldiers were injured. The attack on army camp in Nagrota is third such incident this year which exposes the vulnerability of the anti-infiltration grid of the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir.
The first major attack on army base this year came on Septemebr 18 when four heavily armed terrorists attacked Army’s Brigade Headquarters in Uri and killed 19 soldier. Two weeks after the Uri attack, militants attacked camp of the 46 Rashtriya Rifles in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district. A BSF jawan was martyred while one was injured during the heavy exchange of fire between security forces and militants.
During all the attacks on army camps, terrorists not only evaded security forces while crossing the border, but also managed to breach security near the army base. For instance, while carrying out strike in Uri, Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists successfully crossed the border and walked up to the army installation base, which is located around 6km from the Line of Control, without being noticed. There were reports that intelligence agencies have warned of major terror strike on army in Kashmir, but the inputs were not taken seriously.
Two weeks after Uri attack, terrorists targeted camp of the 46 Rashtriya Rifles in Baramulla. However the militants couldn’t breach the security, but had come very close to the artillery unit. And now comes Nagrota attack where two-three heavily armed militants have stormed into an army camp, which is situated close to the headquarters of the Indian Army’s 16 Corps — a massive military formation that acts as a nerve centre to fight militancy and defend the borders in the Jammu region.
The constant attacks on army camps and convoy of security forces have raised serious concerns over security of border and artillery units. Despite the fact that security forces are on high alert post surgical strikes, Pakistan-based terrorists are able to slip past the vigil of the soldiers on guard at borders, inflicting heavy casualties. Security lapses near border areas should be addressed immediately as there has been a rise in infiltration attempts in Jammu and Kashmir. Besides mending security loopholes along the borders, the army should focus on synergy amongst all security, intelligence and other government agencies.