Pardeep Singh Bali
Uri terrorist ambush is believed to be the most deadly attack on the Indian Army in the past more than a decade, which left 18 soldiers dead and injuring many, but going into the genesis of attacks on the Indian army this year, over 36 soldiers have been killed, while more than 1740 got injured. “The Indian Army has lost many of its valiant soldiers since the start of the year. These recent spate of attacks have claimed lives of at least 36 soldiers. Uri, however, will still be remembered as one of the deadliest,” said defence expert.
In January, this year seven soldiers, including Lt Col died when heavily-armed terrorists carried out a pre-dawn strike at the Air Force base in Punjab’s Pathankot, triggering a fierce gunbattle.
Around six terrorists in army attire tried to storm the base located at 35 kms from the international border. The terrorists were linked to Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) as is the case with the Uri attack, but United Jihad Council (UJC) claimed the attack.
Seven soldiers died, including Lt Col Niranjan, who is a member of NSG’s bomb disposal squad. He died while sanitising a terrorist’s body during the attack.
One commando of the Indian Air Force’s special Garud unit and two Defence Security Corps personnel
also died during the attack. 20 soldiers (8 IAF and 12 National Security Guard) got injured in this attack.
In June, at least eight CRPF personnel were killed and 24 injured after Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists opened fire at a convoy belonging to the paramilitary force in Pampore on the outskirts of Srinagar near Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.
The attack happened on the busy Srinagar-Jammu national highway when the security personnel were returning from a training exercise. However, three more soldiers succumbed to their injuries.
As many as 81 people, including two soldiers, were killed in the unrest that broke out a day after Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani was gunned down in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir on 8 July.
Union Minister Rajnath Singh told the Parliament during the monsoon session that 1,700 civilians were injured in the violence. However, he also reminded the House that 1,740 jawans too were injured.
While foiling an infiltration bid along the Line of Control in Naugam sector of Kashmir’s Kupwara district, two soldiers were killed in July, 2016.
Pakistan also resorted to unprovoked firing in Poonch district of Jammu in August, 2016. A policeman lost his life while three soldiers were injured.
Pardeep Singh Bali