04 December, 2020

The Vale Slips

Fidayeen attacks assume a new dimension as our top brass pays for a security lapse Updates

The Vale Slips
Though defence minister George Fernandes and the army top brass deny that there was a security lapse, officers at the 16 Corps and army headquarters do concede in private that the fidayeen strike on July 22 at the Tanda camp in Akhnoor near Jammu was a serious breach of security. "Let's face it," says a senior officer at the army headquarters of the strike which left one brigadier and seven soldiers dead, "a senior officer of the rank of a brigadier being killed has never happened in all these years of militancy. This is serious cause for concern." The army has ordered an internal enquiry into the incident.

The first strike—at about 5 am—was terrible enough. Seven soldiers were killed and 14 others injured before two members of the three-man suicide squad were gunned down. But no one had reckoned that a third militant was hiding in the bushes. So when a message saying that the militants had been "neutralised" was flashed, the entire top brass of the army in the Jammu region, including the Northern Army commander, Corps Commander of the 16th Corps, two major-generals and a...


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