SRINAGAR, Sept 30: Northern Army chief, Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, today reviewed security situation in Kashmir ahead of polls that are being held next month.
Lt General Singh arrived in Srinagar today to review the security situation after recent successful counter infiltration and counter militancy operations in Kashmir in which large number of militants were killed in joint operations by security forces.
Accompanied by Chinar Corps Commander Lt General AK Bhatt, the Army Commander visited the several Army formations in North and Central Kashmir where he was briefed by the Commanders on ground about the current situation.
The local Commanders briefed Lt General Singh about recent operations that were conducted by the troops in North and Central Kashmir in which several militants were killed. They informed the Commander that troops are maintaining utmost retrain to avoid collateral damage during the anti-militancy operations despite provocations by anti-national elements.
The Commanders told the Northern chief that Army is ready to deal with any situation and is keeping militants under pressure due to continued intelligence based operations against them.
He was told that the Army is continuously involved in area domination so as to prevent militant movement and stop them from re-grouping and striking against the security forces and civilian targets across Kashmir.
Srinagar based Defence spokesman, Colonel Rajesh Kalia, said here that Northern Army Commander, arrived in the Kashmir valley today to review the prevailing security situation.
“Accompanied by the Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen AK Bhatt, the Army Commander visited the hinterland formations in North and Central Kashmir and was briefed by the Commanders on ground about the current situation”, the spokesman said.
The spokesman said: “Army Commander complimented the troops for their recent successes and commended them for their dedication to duty and high standards of professionalism. He was appreciative of the measures and Standard Operating Procedures instituted by the units and formations to minimise civilian casualties”.
“The need to be prepared for effectively meeting emerging security challenges was also reinforced. Lauding the excellent synergy amongst all the security forces, he exhorted all ranks to maintain a safe, secure and peaceful environment for the people of the Kashmir”, the spokesman said.