Army chief Bipin Rawat urges united effort to tackle stone-pelting in Kashmir
Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday called for coordinated efforts by security forces to effectively deal with the problem of stone pelting by civilians during counter-insurgency operations in Kashmir.india Updated: Feb 25, 2017 00:44 IST
Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday called for coordinated efforts by security forces to effectively deal with the problem of stone pelting by civilians during counter-insurgency operations in Kashmir.
The army chief discussed the issue with army officers during security review meetings at headquarters of counterinsurgency units -- Kilo Force and Victor Force in Srinagar, an official said.
“Reinforcing the need to maintain high vigil, the army chief discussed the issue of stone-pelting during operations and impressed upon all to synergise efforts with the other security agencies in dealing with such situations effectively,” the official said.
Rawat, who arrived in Srinagar on Thursday, was briefed on the prevailing security situation and recent operations conducted by the security forces.
He also reviewed the collaborative measures of security forces towards ensuring peace and calm in the region.
The army chief interacted with local commanders and troops and urged them to continue discharging their duty with utmost professionalism.
Rawat, accompanied by Northern Command chief Lt General D Anbu and Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen J S Sandhu, paid tributes to the three soldiers killed in a militant attack in Shopian district of Kashmir.
He laid floral wreaths on the coffins carrying the mortal remains of the three soldiers, one of whom hailed from Marhama area of Anantnag district.
“As the entire nation salutes the martyrs who made the supreme sacrifice in yesterday’s terrorist attack in Shopian, the army gave a befitting farewell to its brave hearts today in a solemn ceremony here,” the official said.
Rawat expressed grief and condolences to the families of Lance Naik Ghulam Mohi-Ud-Din, Sepoy Vikas Singh Gurjar and Sapper Sreejith MJ.
“He also conveyed his anguish at the unfortunate death of an elderly lady, Taja Begum, in this terrorist attack,” the official added.
Wreaths were also laid on behalf of the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti by Minister of Rural development and Panchayati Raj Abdul Haq Khan, minister for agriculture Ghulam Nabi Lone and other officials from civil administration and security agencies.
The army chief had on Thursday met the other injured soldiers at the Army Base Hospital in Srinagar and wished them speedy recovery.
The General also appreciated the various humanitarian initiatives undertaken by the troops to bring succour to common people and exhorted them to sustain this positive engagement with the residents.