Terrorists tried to attack Indian democracy: PM

HAZARIBAGH (Jharkhand), Dec 6: A day after terror strikes rocked the Kashmir Valley, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said terrorists tried to attack Indian democracy but brave jawans sacrificed their lives protecting the country’s security.

The Prime Minister also paid tributes to martyrs who laid down their lives while fighting militants.

“Terrorists tried to attack the democracy of India. But the brave jawans scarified their lives protecting the country’s security,” he told an election rally here.

“I pay my tributes to Jharkhand’s brave son Sankalp Kumar Shukla and other brave jawans who scarified their lives. Sankalp Kumar Shukla’s martyrdom will be remembered by future generations in the state,” he said.

Kashmir Valley was yesterday rocked by four attacks by militants from across the border, who stormed an army camp in Uri leaving 11 security personnel including Lt Colonel Sankalp Kumar dead and killed two civilians in Tral.

The attacks and gun battles with security forces left in all 21 people dead. Among them was a top commander of Pakistan-based terror outfit LeT and seven militants.

Modi, who will be holding a rally in Srinagar city on Monday, had condemned the terror attacks as “desperate attempts” to derail the atmosphere of hope created by the increased voter turnout and saluted the soldiers who laid down their lives for the nation.

Condemning the terror attack in Kashmir, the Prime Minister said the terrorists would not be forgiven by the country.

“We will not remain idle and give the Pakistani-based terrorists a suitable reply,” he said and described the attack as a ‘cowardly act’ by them as they were frustrated over the huge turnout of Kashmiri voters in the last two phases of elections.

The Kashmiris, he said, have proved that they believe in democracy and democratic system for development and prosperity and not separatism.

“India cannot forget the martyrdom and sacrifice of Indian soldiers in Kashmir at any cost. The people of Jharkhand, who always sacrificed for the cause of the nation, should remember this day every year for ‘balidan’ (martyrdom) of the great sons of India and Jharkhand,” Modi added. (PTI)

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