Northern Command chief stresses for highest state of readiness along LoC ahead of G20

Northern Command chief Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi at a forward location in Kashmir on Saturday.
Northern Command chief Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi at a forward location in Kashmir on Saturday.

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, May 20 : Northern Army Commander Lt General Upendra Dwivedi today stressed for maintaining highest state of readiness to meet all contingencies along the Line of Control (LoC) in North Kashmir ahead of G20 Tourism group meeting to be held next week in Srinagar.
Lt Gen Dwivedi who is in Kashmir ahead of G20 meeting visited the LoC in Uri and Keran to review the security and operational preparedness of the troops deployed in the border areas of North Kashmir.
An official said that he was briefed about the security measures adopted by the Army along the LoC to deal with infiltration and other threats. “He exhorted the troops deployed along the LoC in North Kashmir to maintain highest state of readiness to meet all contingencies,” he said.
The General was briefed on augmentation of operational capability in the sectors. He was given a detailed briefing of the Army’s alertness ahead of G20 so as to prevent any kind of misadventure by militants and Pakistan army.
The Northern Army Command 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 ahead of G20.
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 recently said that Pakistani army is making desperate attempts to send the infiltrators into Kashmir ahead of G20 as they wanted to disrupt the meeting. The security in Kashmir is on the highest level of alertness to prevent any such strike.
In the meantime, the General also visited Kaman Post and Aman Setu on the LoC in Uri on NH-44 and inspected recent development measures undertaken to promote Kaman as a tourist centre, under border tourism initiative.
He also interacted with ex servicemen and local population residing in the area who lauded the efforts of the Army in developing Aman Setu as tourist destination. They said that it will help the economy of the border area.