#Day46: Army Chief Reviews ‘Operational Preparedness’ in Kashmir



Army Chief in Kashmir on August 23, 2016

Indian army chief on Tuesday was in Kashmir, second time in last 45 days of mass civil uprising.

Srinagar based defence spokesperson said that the Chief of the Army Staff Gen Dalbir Singh was in the Valley again for review of the security situation.

He was accompanied by the Northern Army Commander Lt Gen DS Hooda and the Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen Satish Dua.

The defence spokesperson said that the Army Chief today visited LC formations and units in North Kashmir where he was briefed on the “operational preparedness” besides the recent “successful counter infiltration operations in which over ten militants have been eliminated over the past one month”.

“Commending the alertness of all troops deployed along the LC in foiling the nefarious designs of inimical forces, Gen Dalbir stressed upon the need to continue high degree of vigil and operational focus,” the spokesperson added.

Army Chief in Kashmir on August 23, 2016 Tuesday

The Chief also visited the Victor Force Headquarters at Awantipora where he was apprised of the latest situation in South Kashmir.

The spokesperson said that army chief “appreciated the professionalism with which the troops had been operating in full synergy with other security and civil agencies to keep the situation under control”.

“He impressed upon everyone to uphold human rights and exercise maximum possible restraint while dealing with the protesting mobs,” the spokesperson said.

“The General also directed to ensure measures to prevent armed militants who jeopardise the lives of innocent civilians from moving with impunity,” the spokesperson said.

The Army Chief also came to BB Cantt, Srinagar where he was briefed by the Northern Army Commander and Chinar Corps Commander on inter alia, the “numerous initiatives undertaken by the Army all across the Valley to constructively engage with the Awaam towards their wellbeing and an early return of normalcy”.

“Lauding such humanitarian steps, Gen Dalbir reinforced the need to synergise efforts with all the other stakeholders. He also made an earnest appeal to the people to eschew violence and help restore peace and calm at the earliest,” the spokesperson said.

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