Uri base commander 'shifted out' as investigation begins to probe security lapses

Heads have begun rolling in Uri post the deadly terror attack on 18 September that claimed the lives of 19 soldiers and left several others injured. According to reports, the Brigade Commander of the Uri-based army brigade has been "side stepped" for fair, comprehensive and objective inquiry.

19 soldiers were killed in 18 September attack on Uri Army base. PTI

19 soldiers were killed in 18 September attack on Uri Army base. PTI

"The Brigade Commander has been "side stepped" for fair, comprehensive and objective inquiry,' an Army source told IANS on Saturday. Army sources also informed the news agency that this was a part of the protocol of inquiry.

Brigadier K Somashanker has been shifted out of the sensitive brigade, PTI said. Quoting sources from the Army, it added: "An officer from the 28 Mountain Division of the Army is scheduled to take over as the Uri Brigade commander".

Though, according to PTI, Army sources in New Delhi insisted late Saturday night that no such orders have been issued by the army headquarters, a The Times of India report mentioned that "Colonel Yashpal Ahlawat, who has been approved for the next rank and was posted in the Kilo Force of the Rashtriya Rifles, which looks after counter-insurgency operations in Kupwara, Baramulla and Srinagar areas, was sent to Uri on Saturday to take charge of the Uri brigade."

"The CoIonel is probing the series of lapses and poor perimeter security, despite prior intelligence alerts, which allowed the four fidayeen terrorists to storm the camp, next to the brigade headquarters in Uri, early on September 18," it added.

India carried out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads inflicting "significant casualties"across the LoC on the 28 and 29 September, seen as a reprisal for the Uri attack. The Uri Army base was attacked by heavily-armed Pakistani terrorists on September 18. India has maintained that the Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed was behind the attack.

With agency inputs

Updated Date: Oct 02, 2016 11:25 AM

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