Speaking at the party’s political resolution on the last day of the two-day Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National Convention on Saturday, the Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman claimed that there had been no major terrorist attack after 2014. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi had ensured that terrorists would not ‘disturb peace’ of the nation” She added. Rallying the BJP workers ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Sitharaman asked them to create awareness about the government’s achievements; especially Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “corruption-free” five years to the country.
Attacking Nirmala Sitharaman, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram questioned that no terror attacks had taken place since 2014. In a series of tweets, the former Finance Minister asked Sitharaman to locate Uri and Pathankot in India’s map. By saying these attacks were not from Pakistan, is the Defence Minister giving a clean chit to Pakistan in respect of the Pathankot and Uri attacks? But it is the fact that India had witnessed many terror attacks since Modi-led BJP Government took charge. Here is a non-exhaustive list of some of these attacks as well as the Prime Minister’s statements that followed.
Gurdaspur: On 27 July 2015, three gunmen dressed in army uniform opened fire on a bus and then attacked the Dina Nagar police station in Gurdaspur district of Punjab, India. Seven people (three civilians and four policemen) were killed in the attack. Fifteen others were injured including a superintendent of police.
Pathankot: In January 2016, alleged Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists had attacked an Air Force base in Pathankot and killed 3 security personnel, while Indian forces were able to kill four terrorists. Four terrorists were also gunned down in the attack. Condemning the attack, Modi had said, “enemies of humanity who can’t see India progress tried to strike at our strategic area, a prominent airbase at Pathankot. I appreciate our armed forces and thank them for foiling our enemy’s attempt.” In an embarrassing move, the BJP government went on to invite the Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) officials to the air-base to probe the attack, adding insult to the country’s injury.
Kokrajhar: At mid-morning on August, 2016, the brutal killing of people took place in Balajan Tinali, 12 km from Kokrajhar town, the headquarters of the Bodo Territorial Council (BTC). The incident took place when a group of unknown men descended on the area to gun people down when the weekly Friday market was on. At the end of the shocking incident, 13 civilians were dead and 19 others seriously injured. Later, one more victim of the gun attack succumbed to injuries at a hospital in Kokrajhar.
Uri: September 2016, witnessed one of the shocking attacks on Indian military by terrorists, when four heavily armed terrorists affiliated with Jaish-e-Mohammed attacked the Indian army camp in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir. It was reported as “the deadliest attack on security forces in Kashmir in two decades”. Nineteen soldiers were martyred even as four terrorists were killed in the attack, which occurred months after Pathankot. Addressing the nation via a tweet in the aftermath of the attack, Modi had said, “…I assure the nation that those behind this despicable attack will not go unpunished.”
Amarnath: On 10 July 2017, terrorists targeted a bus carrying pilgrims headed home after visiting the Amarnath Shrine in Anantnag, Kashmir. Seven people were left dead in the attack which initially targeted an armored police vehicle. The pilgrims mostly belonged to Gujarat. Among the seven people, six were women, and at least 18 people were injured in the attack. In a series of condolence tweets, Modi had remarked, “India will never get bogged down by such cowardly attacks & the evil designs of hate.”