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Mamata Banerjee demands 'details of Balakot air strike should be made public'

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 1 March 2019, 13:11 IST
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As India conducted “pre-emptive non-military” air strike across LoC in Balakot at the terror camps of Jaish-e-Mohammad, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has now demanded to release the details of the operation.

TMC supremo said that no action has been taken in the past five years despite several terror attacks in Uri and Pathankot Air Base.

Interacting with the media at the Secretariat, Mamata said, “We have the right to know how many people died in the air strike and who were they? We want to know the actual incident as we have not received any details…. We love the nation. But we do not like to see people play politics over bodies of our jawans.”

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The inaction towards the intelligence failure in the past has led to major attacks and Mamata mentioned it, saying “Nothing happened in the past five years. There have been terror attacks in Uri and Pathankot but no action was taken. The government had received an advisory regarding the attacks, but no preventive action was taken and their (jawans’) lives were endangered.”

While criticism immediately came from the ruling BJP, wherein BJP’s national secretary Rahul Sinha reacted to Mamata Banejee’s statement for raising questions over the air strike.

Banerjee is disrespecting the position of her chair by making such comments. She is indirectly encouraging terrorist activities in Pakistan by doubting the air strike conducted by the Indian Air Force. This is unfortunate that the chief minister of a state made such a statement,” said Sinha.

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First published: 1 March 2019, 13:11 IST