Top Army Commander Reviews Valley Situation  

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SRINAGAR — Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh Wednesday reviewed security situation and counter-militancy operations in North Kashmir, army officials said.

“Lt Gen Singh visited the hinterland units, where he reviewed the prevailing security situation and strategy for counter-(militancy) operations in North Kashmir,” they said.

The officials said the army commander also interacted with senior dignitaries at Badami Bagh Cantonment here.

“Later in the day, he also visited 144 Battalion of Central Reserve Police deployed in Dal Lake. He appreciated the round the clock efforts of paramilitary troops and their teamwork with the army and police to maintain peace and tranquillity in the valley,” they added.

Lt Gen Singh also presided over the Silver Jubilee raising day of 20 Rashtriya Rifles (DOGRA) unit at Badamibagh here, defence spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said.

Raised on May 1, 1994 in Varanasi, with Col V P Singh as its first Commanding Officer, the unit has participated in various counter-insurgency, counter-militancy operations and high altitude areas in the northern and eastern theatres, the spokesperson said.

Lt Gen Singh, who is also Colonel of the DOGRA Regiment and DOGRA SCOUTS, addressed a special ‘Sainik Sammelan’.

Lt Gen Singh appreciated the dedication and hardwork of all ranks, past and present, in their brave endeavour to safeguard the nation’s borders while operating in hostile terrain and challenging conditions.

He complimented the troops for their relentless efforts and selfless service in bringing peace and tranquility in the valley, the spokesman added.


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