Top Army Brass in Valley, Review Security Preparedness

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Jammu:Top generals of the army’s northern command on Saturday held a security review meeting with senior administrative and police officials of the state following India’s surgical strike on terrorist ‘launch pads’ across the LoC.

They took stock of the security preparedness and the prevailing situation along the LoC, army sources said. Lt Gen DS Hooda, the Northern Army Commander, GOC 15 Corps Lt Gen Satish Dua, state chief secretary, DGP and other senior officials were present at the meeting.

Earlier, General Hooda discussed the “entire gamut” of operational readiness along the LoC with General Dua, said an army spokesperson in a statement.

They also reviewed the security measures taken along the LoC as well as the hinterland, the statement added.

The army on Saturday said its strategic 15 Corps, the Chinar, was responsible for planning and executing the surgical strikes across the LoC.

The army spokesperson said Lt Gen DS Hooda rushed to Kashmir Valley soon after briefing the Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh on the overall security scenario along the northern borders, earlier in the day in Udhampur.

The statement said during his meeting with GOC 15 Corps Lt Gen Hooda stressed upon the need for maintaining “a very high level of alert and vigil and to remain prepared for any eventuality.”

The general also lauded the 15 Corps for the “high-degree of professionalism” shown by all ranks involved in the planning and execution of the strikes across the LoC, the statement said.

The army said that General Hooda also appealed to the people of Kashmir to ensure calm and peace in these sensitive times and “strengthen the government and Security agencies in meeting the challenges emanating from across the borders”.

The army commander, accompanied by Lt Gen Satish Dua later met governor NN Vohra and apprised him of the overall security situation along the de-facto border and preparedness of the army.

“He assured the governor of complete synergy amongst all the agencies towards facing any kind of security challenges,” the spokesperson said.

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