Defence Ministry forms panel to probe death of Army Major in Nagrota terror attack


NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday said that a committee has been constituted to probe the “supreme sacrifice” made by Major Akshay Girish during the 2016 Nagrota terrorist attack.

“As assured by the Raksha Mantri, a Committee has been constituted with members, inter alia, as suggested by Meghna Girish to look into the supreme sacrifice made by her son Major Akshay Girish. Smt. Meghna Girish has been invited to depose before and assist the Committee,” Sitharaman said on social media site, Twitter.

Major Girish lost his life in the Nagrota attack in November 2016 when terrorists dressed as policemen entered the cantonment area and killed seven Army personnel including two Major-rank officers. His mother has been demanding a probe to ascertain the details of his death.

Three Pakistani terrorists were killed in the operation and a huge quantity of firearms, ammunition, explosives and other articles were seized from them.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) was probing the terror attack.

The NIA had registered a case into the incident in December 2016 for offences under sections 120B, 121, 307 of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) and sections 7 and 27 of the Arms Act, 1958.

Preliminary interrogation of the accused revealed that the attack was carried out by banned terror group JeM in furtherance of a well-planned conspiracy from Pakistan, investigators had said.

(Inputs from PTI)


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