Top army commander calls 2018 ‘remarkable year’, says 250 militants killed, 54 arrested

Srinagar

A top army commander on Thursday described 2018 as “remarkable year” for government forces, saying that more than 250 militants were killed, 54 others were arrested and four others surrendered in Kashmir Valley.

New Delhi: Director General Military Operations (DGMO), Ranbir Singh salutes after the Press Conferences along with External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup, in New Delhi on Thursday. India conducted Surgical strikes across the Line of Control in Kashmir on Wednesday night.
Lt Gen Ranbir Singh

“The year 2018 has been a remarkable year for armed forces on the security front. As per the record of last ten years, army along with other forces have neutralized many militants. Many militants have surrendered under pressure and many others were arrested alive,”  said Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, GoC-in-C Northern Command told reporters after inaugurating Kalai Bridge constructed by Border Roads Organization, reported news agency GNS.

“More than 250 militants were killed, 54 others arrested and four others have surrendered,” he said, adding, “This speaks about the strength of our security establishment,” the report quoted the officer as having said.

According to the report, he said that the army was giving “befitting reply” to Pakistan army along the Line of Control whenever there were instances of any ceasefire violation or snipping.

“As per wireless and other intercepts, Pakistan army and militants suffered a huge loss in our retaliatory action.”

The Kalai Bridge spans over Suran River and connects Kalai area to Chandak area in Poonch district.

“The bridge will reduce traffic congestion in the city and ease out inconvenience caused to the people especially those moving towards Budha Amarnath Shrine in Mandi as it reduces the travelling time considerably.”

The Army Commander appreciated the contribution of the District Administration for their support and cooperation during the construction of the bridge.  (GNS)

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