Army chief tours forward areas on LoC, discusses situation with Comdrs

Army chief Gen Manoj Pande during his visit to the LoC on Saturday.
Army chief Gen Manoj Pande during his visit to the LoC on Saturday.

Anti-militancy ops, Grid working reviewed
GOC Leh Corps visits Siachen Glacier

Sanjeev Pargal

JAMMU/Srinagar, July 15: Army chief Gen Manoj Pande today visited forward areas on the Line of Control (LoC) in J&K, interacted with field commanders and troops and reviewed prevailing security scenario, infiltration attempts from Pakistan and strengthening of Anti-Infiltration Grid to ensure that the militants are not able to sneak into this side.
Northern Command chief Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi accompanied the Army chief during his visit to forward areas.
Yesterday, Gen Pande accompanied by Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi and Lt Gen Rajiv Ghai, GOC Srinagar-based 15 Corps, had called on Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and discussed with him security scenario in the Valley and arrangements for ongoing annual pilgrimage of Shri Amarnath Ji in South Kashmir Himalayas.
Officials said Gen Manoj Pande visited forward areas along the LoC to review operational preparedness of the troops. He was briefed by the Commanders on ground about Anti-Infiltration Grid and robust posture to maintain sanctity of the LoC.
“The Chief of Army Staff also interacted with troops deployed in forward areas and lauded them for their continuous vigil and high morale,” the officials said.
Gen Pande exhorted the troops to keep working with same zeal and enthusiasm.
The Army chief is reported to have assessed situation prevailing on the LoC especially with regard to infiltration attempts by the militants from Pakistan. Most of the infiltration attempts by the militants have been successfully thwarted by the troops along the LoC. However, possibility of one or two successful intrusions is also not ruled out.
“The Anti-Infiltration Grid has been fully strengthened in all four districts of Jammu and Kashmir including Baramulla, Kupwara, Rajouri and Poonch which share LoC with Pakistan,” the officials said.
There has been no major ceasefire violation by Pakistan army on the LoC for past quite some time now. However, Pakistan army continues to aid and abet infiltration attempts by the militants on LoC to keep the pot boiling in Jammu and Kashmir but their all evil designs have been foiled.
A large number of troops have been deployed for ongoing annual pilgrimage of Shri Amarnath Ji in South Kashmir Himalayas.
As far as anti-militancy operations are concerned, they continue across the Kashmir valley despite ongoing Shri Amarnath Ji pilgrimage. This year, Army, JKP and CRPF have killed a large number of militants including top commanders of different outfits besides apprehending many others.
Meanwhile, General Officer Commanding (GOC) Leh-based 14 Corps, which is also known as Fire and Fury Corps, Lt Gen Rashim Bali today visited frontline troops deployed at frozen frontiers of Siachen Glacier.
He complimented the Army Commanders and soldiers for maintaining highest standards of combat readiness and operational preparedness.
Siachen Glacier is world’s highest battlefield.
Few days later, the country will be celebrating Kargil Vijay Diwas at Drass in Ladakh which is also expected to be joined by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Kargil Diwas falls on July 26.
This year, India will be celebrating 24th Kargil Vijay Diwas.
Top Army and Indian Air Force officials are expected to attend the Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrations.
The General was briefed on augmentation of operational capability in the sectors. He was given a detailed briefing of the Army’s alertness ahead to prevent any kind of misadventure by militants and Pakistan army.
The Army chief was told that the militants are ready at the launch pads in Uri, Keran and Nowgam sectors for infiltration but the army is keeping a tight vigil so as to foil any of their attempts.
He was told that round the clock patrols are being conducted near the fence and in the nearby forest areas so as to make sure no one infiltrates into Indian territory.
The Army chief visited an Army base in South Kashmir and was given a detailed presentation about the counter insurgency operations conducted by the Army in the hinterland. He was given details about various operations that were carried out this year. He was also told about the militant designs who are trying to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere and the army’s measures to deal with such designs.
The Army chief was given a detailed presentation at Chinar Corps Headquarters in Srinagar about the preparedness of the army in dealing with the infiltration along the LoC and maintaining peace in the hinterland. He was given a detailed account about measures the army is taking in Kashmir to deal with the militancy.
He was also briefed about the people friendly measures adopted by the army across Kashmir.