‘Stone Pelting Needs To Be Dealt With’

SRINAGAR: Chief of the Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, on Friday said that forces need to tackle stone pelting during anti-militancy operations.

After paying homage to the three slain army men who were killed in Shopian militant ambush, the Army Chief along with Northern Army and Chinar Corps Commanders Lt Gen D Anbu and Lt Gen JS Sandhu, visited Victor and Kilo Force Headquarters where he was briefed on the prevailing security situation and on the recent operations conducted by the security forces.

Notably, Gen Rawat had warned Kashmiri protestors for obstructing the anti-militancy operations in Valley.

He also reviewed the collaborative measures of security forces “towards ensuring peace and calm in the region and interacted with local commanders and troops urging them to continue discharging their duty with utmost professionalism”.

Reinforcing the need to maintain high vigil, the Army Chief discussed the issue of stone pelting during anti-militancy operations. “He impressed upon all to synergise efforts with the other security agencies in dealing with such situations effectively,” the spokesperson quoted Gen Rawat as having said.

Three soldiers, L Nk Gh Mohi-Ud-Din, Sep Vikas Singh Gurjar and Sapper Sreejith MJ were killed in the attack which left at least five others injured two critically.

“He also conveyed his anguish at the unfortunate death of an elderly lady, Taja Begum, in the attack and prayed to Almighty to grant strength to her family to bear this irreparable loss,” the spokesperson added.

Governor Concerned

Governor N N Vohra has expressed serious concern about the militant attack on Army personnel which resulted in killing of three soldiers and injuries to several others, including two senior officers, in a night time ambush.

“He spoke to Lt Gen Devraj Anbu, Northern Army Commander, to convey his grief over those killed and wished speedy recovery to the injured personnel,” an official spokesperson said.

“Observing that the Army and other Security Forces were carrying out their duties in an extremely difficult environment,” statement said, “the Governor voiced anxiety about the continuing attacks on the uniformed forces, some of which also result in the loss of innocent civilians lives, as happened in the Shopian ambush attack.”

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