New Delhi : As two different versions of the ambush of five soldiers in the Poonch region emerged, a question cropped up — Who’s right: the Union defence minister A K Antony or the army spokesperson.
In the army’ s official statement it is mentioned that the Indian patrol was attacked by the Pakistan Border Action team, whereas Antony has said that the attack was carried out by terrorists dressed in Pakistan Army’s uniform.
The Army statement said, “A patrol of Indian Army comprising one Non-Commissioned Officer and five other ranks was ambushed by a Pak Border Action Team close to the Line of Control in Poonch Sector of J&K early morning”
But describing the incident the defence minister told Parliament, ”A patrol of Indian Army was ambushed on our side of Line of Control in Poonch Sector. In the ensuing firefight, five Indian soldiers were martyred and one soldier was injured. The ambush was carried out by approximately 20 heavily armed terrorists along with persons dressed in Pakistan Army uniforms.”
The contradiction was instantly spotted by the BJP. “We would tend to believe the Indian Army since it is on the ground rather than Defence Minister,” senior BJP leader Ravi Shanker Prasad told reporters. He added that “the statement of the Defence Minister lacked clarity.” Later in the day, a red-in-face Defence Ministry withdrew the statement that conflicted with Antony’s version and said that it “regretted” releasing the statement.