Laser wall keeping border sealed, says GOC-in-C

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Khemkaran (Tarn Taran)
  • Updated: Jul 21, 2016 15:43 IST
Lieutenant General KJ Singh (centre), general officer commanding-in-chief of the Western Command, paying tributes to martyrs during the inauguration of a war memorial at Cheema village, close to the border, in Tarn Taran district on Wednesday. (HT Photo)

Where fence is missing, an invisible wall guards us against India’s hostile neighbour. Our eyes in the sky catch everything going on at the border.

Lieutenant General KJ Singh, general officer commanding-in-chief of Western Command, said here on Wednesday that modern technology such as laser walls and aerial surveillance were the army’s new weapons against terrorism and cross-border infiltration. “Barbed-wire fence is hard to lay where the border-demarcating rivers keep changing their course. Laser wall bails us out,” he told the media on the sidelines of the inauguration of a war memorial at Cheema village close to border in this sector. It commemorates the martyrs of the 1965 and 1971 wars against Pakistan.

Commenting on the unrest in Jammu and Kashmir after the killing of militant Burhan Wani, the general said the army and police were trying to settle things down. “The security forces are taking no chances with the safety of the Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir. We are on full alert till August 18 (last day of the pilgrimage to the cave shrine),” he said. Vajra Corps GOC lieutenant general JS Cheema and Golden Arrow Division GOC major general Vijay Pingale were with him.

The general said many stories of courage during the 1965 and 1971 wars were made in the Khemkaran sector. The many war memorials built by various units are in want of care because of remote location. “These will be relocated to Abdul Hamid Samadhi Complex,” the general said. Eight new memorials at the complex commemorate the sacrifice of 22 soldiers.

The martyrs received a full military honours at the memorial. The generals laid wreaths. Golden Arrow Division built the memorial under the guidance of Gurki Brigade.

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