New Defence Minister reviews security situation in valley

Srinagar

Minister of Defence, Rajnath Singh, on his maiden visit after assuming charge as Raksha Mantri, visited the Kashmir Valley on Monday to review the prevailing security situation.

The spokesman said that Singh visited the Siachen area in the morning and arrived in Srinagar by afternoon, and he was accompanied by the COAS General Bipin Rawat and Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, Northern Army Commander.

The Raksha Mantri was briefed in detail about the situation on the Line of Control, hinterland and the successful counter militant operations. He was also apprised of the great synergy and the close coordination amongst all the government agencies towards bringing back normalcy in the region and about the preparations in place for smooth conduct of the upcoming Amarnath Yatra.

Lauding the valour of security men, Singh said that the country was proud of its soldiers. He urged all to continue the good that they were doing and ensure the safety of the innocent people while dealing firmly with the inimical elements. He also impressed upon the commanders to maintain strict vigil along the Line of Control and remain prepared to give a befitting reply to any misadventure from across.

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