Uri attack: Rijiju advises against irresponsible comments

New Delhi : Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday advised against irresponsible statements over the central government’s actions in the wake of the terror strike at an army camp in Uri that left 18 soldiers dead.

“We must understand people’s emotions and should not go on commenting everywhere. This is not a joke. It’s a very serious matter,” Rijiju told the media.

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“So many people have lost their lives, people’s hearts are filled with emotions. In such a situation, every one expects us to take action,” he said, adding that it is not necessary to make an announcement before any action is taken.

TV talking heads and many on social media have been advocating strong retaliation against Pakistan.

Rijiju refused to comment any further, saying the government will take action only after probing the issue completely.

Eighteen soldiers were killed and 30 injured when four terrorists attacked the administrative base camp of an infantry battalion in the highly fortified Uri town of Baramulla district on Sunday.

India has blamed Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed group for the attack. The group, which has not claimed responsibility, was also accused of mounting the January 2 attack on an Indian Air Force base in Pathankot that left seven soldiers dead.