Lt Gen Anbu reviews security situation in Kashmir

Fayaz Bukhari
SRINAGAR, Dec 30: Northern Army Commander, Lt General D Anbu, today arrived in Srinagar for two days visit to review the security situation in Kashmir and along the Line of Control (LoC).
The Army Commander along with Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen JS Sandhu visited forward areas today where he was briefed by local Commanders on existing security situation and the measures instituted to ensure close coordination with all Government agencies towards maintaining vigil and peace in the Valley.
The local Commanders briefed the Northern Commander about the challenges of infiltration. The officers stressed for strengthening of the counter-infiltration grid along the LoC so that the infiltration is stopped.
They also gave him details about the operations conducted this year by the Army in coordination with the Jammu and Kashmir Police and other security agencies. This year, a record number of 149 militants were killed during the operations by Army in coordination with the other security agencies.
The Army Commander was told about the challenges faced by the troops due to stone throwing mobs during the operations. The local Commanders stressed for intelligence based surgical operations as new strategy.
The Commander was also briefed about the increase in local youth joining militancy this year especially during the 5 month long unrest in Kashmir. This year around 72 youth have joined militancy. The local Commanders told the Northern Commander that the need of the hour is to engage the Kashmiri youth so that they don’t join militancy. They also told him that efforts need to be taken to bring back local militants to mainstream.
The Northern Chief expressed satisfaction over the synergetic conduct of the entire security apparatus. The Commander stressed on the need to continue it and urged the security forces to take necessary steps to ensure adequate domination and security of the lines of communication so as to keep them open and safe for the general public.
The Army Commander is scheduled to visit forward areas tomorrow and interact with troops deployed on the Line of Control. This year the Army deployed along the LoC is facing a tough challenge due to continued dry weather conditions.  The mountain passes are still open and chances of infiltration this winter have increased forcing the troops to be deployed along the forward areas in intense cold weather conditions in full strength.