Amid rising Indo-Pak hostilities, army chief visits forward areas in JammuUpdated: Jul 28, 2017 22:55 IST
Army chief General Bipin Rawat arrived in Jammu on Friday for a two-day visit of forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) where Indian and Pakistani troops have been engaged in skirmishes.
“The army chief landed at the technical airport around 10 am on Friday where he was received by Northern army commander Lt Gen Devraj Anbu, 16 Corps GOC Lt Gen AK Sharma and Tiger Division GOC Maj Gen SK Sharma,” army sources said.
Gen Rawat, accompanied by the Lt Gen Anbu visited White Knight Corps to review operational preparedness and the prevailing security situation in the Corps Zone, a statement issued by the Army said.
Later, the top officers headed to forward areas in Nowshera, Bhimber Gali (BG) and Krishna Ghati (KG) sectors of Rajouri and Poonch districts in a helicopter. He was briefed in detail on the actions being undertaken to ensure a robust counter-infiltration grid.
Gen Rawat will also be meeting formation commanders to get a detailed feedback from them on the recent skirmishes and the prevailing security scenario on the LoC, the sources said.
Since May 1 this year, both the countries have been trading heavy fire on the de-facto border leaving several soldiers and civilians dead on either side of the divide.
Nine soldiers were among 11 killed while 16 others injured in border skirmishes this month in Rajouri and Poonch districts, south of Pir Panjal range.
More than 4,000 villagers in Nowshera sector were shifted to five relief camps and over 110 livestock fell prey to shelling and firings by the Pakistani army along the LoC in Rajouri district where nearly 35 structures, including over two dozen houses, were damaged.
Gen Rawat will also chair a meeting for review of security with the top commanders at the Northern Command headquarters.
First Published: Jul 28, 2017 17:27 IST