The cowardly attack on Indian soldiers by Jaish-e-Mohammad, a Pakistan-based militant group, at an army base in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri on Sunday, left 18 Indian Army jawans martyred. No wonder the reaction from every Indian citizen has remained a hard-hitting one -- "an eye for an eye."
While Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds an incisive meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on Monday to decide on the possible options ahead, numerous Indian sportspersons condemned the incident to the fullest.
Indian boxing veteran Vijender Singh, who turned a pro recently and has been dominating the pro boxing circuit steadily, put his message out straight -- If Pakistanis have chosen war, Indians should retaliate.
"Very sad news 17 soldiers martyred my condolence to the family. If Pakistanis have chosen war. Let's go for it [sic]," Vijender, the current WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Champion of the world, wrote on Twitter.
Former India cricket hotshot Virender Sehwag, who is known for his humorous take on various issues, preferred to keep it serious and hard-hitting this time around. "Very very heartbroken to hear about Uri Attack They are not Rebels, they are Terrorists. Terrorism must be answered appropriately. [sic]," Sehwag wrote.
India Test cricket captain Virat Kohli, who will be seen playing in the three-match Test series against New Zealand starting 22 September in Kanpur, also couldn't hold back his emotions. "To all the brave hearts, Jai Hind," Kohli mentioned.
Nearly everyone has asked for stern action against the attack. From Bollywood and the sports fraternity to common people, the message remains the same -- Unprovoked action always begets an action.
What happened on Sunday: Four terrorists sneaked into the army base in Uri, J&K, firing AK-47s and throwing grenades, which killed soldiers sleeping in tents instantly.
The 18 casualties: Two from Jammu, two from Jharkhand, three from Bihar, four from Uttar Pradesh, two from Bengal, four from Maharashtra and one from Rajasthan.
Who to blame: Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed. According to the Indian Army, four AK-47 rifles, grenade launchers, plenty of grenades and food with Pakistani markings were found in search operations.
Uri Attack: Here are some of the tweets from the sports fraternity
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