Parrikar, who had arrived in Goa on September 16 evening, was supposed to be in his home state for a few days. However, on Sunday he took a special flight to Delhi early morning. He canceled all his Goa appointments scheduled as he had to rush to oversee the situation after the terror attack in North Kashmir’s Uri town. Heavily armed terrorists stormed a battalion headquarters of the Army in North Kashmir’s Uri town on Sunday, killing 17 jawans and injuring 30 other personnel in the terror strike in which four ultras were neutralized.
The defense minister visited the injured jawans at the hospital. Parrikar had rushed to Srinagar to take stock of the situation after four suspected Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists struck the administrative base of the army’s 10 Dogra regiment at Uri in Baramulla district.
The Defense Minister was supposed to chair a meeting of BJP Mahila Morcha on the 18th of September 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. Meanwhile, Parrikar arrived at the Chinar Corps Headquarters of the army at Badami Bagh in the evening where senior army officials briefed him. The Defense Minister also visited the 92 Base Hospital of the army where he was briefed about the condition of the injured soldiers who were undergoing treatment there.
According to the sources, Mr 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 organized by the Mahila Morcha here. Adding to that he also said that, “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,”
According to the sources, the former chief minister was expected to be in Goa till September 22, when Union Minister for Shipping and party Goa desk in-charge Nitin Gadkari is arriving to hold party’s first meeting ahead of polls.