NIA probe reveals procedural lapses [Security]
- Initial investigations into the terror attack on a highly guarded Army camp in Uri in Kashmir have pointed towards several procedural lapses, including poor coordination between two guard posts.
- The investigators probing the deadly attack, in which 18 soldiers were killed, have found that the perimeter of the highly sensitive Brigade Headquarters of the Army was not properly fenced in several places.
- The investigation pointed towards the possibility of the four terrorists involved in the attack having sneaked in from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) through Haji Peer Pass on the intervening night of September 16 and 17 and stayed put at Sukhdar, overlooking the Brigade headquarters.
- This village is at a vantage point allowing an unhindered view of the layout of the Army base and the movement of personnel inside it.
- The growth of wild grass and bushes around the perimeter of the brigade is seen as one of the factors that could have facilitated undetected movement of the terrorists close to the fencing, which was cut by the ultras to sneak inside the base, the sources said.
- Standard security procedures provide for mowing any tall grass and cutting of bushes around vital security installations, but it was not followed around target.
- The probe also pointed towards the failure of two manned guard posts, located barely 150 feet from each other, to detect intrusion inside the base by terrorists, it could have been due to lack of coordination between two guard posts.