"I had said yesterday that when this type of incident takes place, it is wise that a responsible minister should make a statement after collecting all the facts. But I think the Defence Minister had little fault in this matter because he made his statement based on the information provided to him by his officials," she told reporters outside the Parliament.

"I think we should not make it an issue anymore,” she said.

Antony, who faced BJP fury for the last two days, made a fresh statement in both Houses, saying his earlier contention about the involvement of "terrorists along with persons dressed in Pakistan Army uniform" was based on information available at that time.

He said that specialist troops of the Pakistan Army were involved in the attack when a group from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) side crossed the LoC and killed the jawans.

Mayawati said it should be the responsibility of the Centre now to ensure that patrolling along the borders is strengthened so that such incidents do not happen again.

(Agencies)

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