Army chief reviews security situation in J&K

Army chief Gen Bikram Singh, who arrived on Monday on a two-day visit, reviewed security situation and took stock of the anti-infiltration measures along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) with top military commanders.

Sources told Deccan Herald that soon after his arrival, the army chief was briefed by General Officer Commanding (GOC)-in-Chief of the Northern Command Lt Gen Sanjiv Chachra and GOC of the Valley based 15 Corps, Lt Gen Gurmit Singh on the terrorist activities and overall security situation in the state particularly in Kashmir valley.

“The commanders briefed the army chief about anti-infiltration measures along the LoC and the IB. The recent developments along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh region were also discussed during the meeting,” they said and added that General Singh was given a detailed briefing about the situation along the LAC with China by Lt Gen Chachra.

The army chief’s visit assumes significance in wake of the recent surge in militant attacks in the Valley, including the one on an Army convoy in Srinagar on June 24 that left eight soldiers dead and more than a dozen injured.

Sources said during his interaction with army commanders at the Badamibagh Corps headquarters, General Singh praised the role of soldiers in foiling the recent infiltration bids in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, in which several militants were killed.

“He was briefed how army has increased the vigil along the LoC to thwart militants’ attempts to infiltrate during summer months,” sources added.

Meanwhile, General Singh called on Jammu and Kashmir governor N N Vohra at Raj Bhavan on Monday evening.

Official sources said that during the meeting which lasted for an hour, they discussed issues concerning internal and external security situation.

The governor and the army chief also discussed issues related to the security aspects of the ongoing Amarnath Yatra, they added.

The army chief is also scheduled to hold discussions with the chief minister Omar Abdullah. A senior state government officer said Omar is scheduled to take up the issue of revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) with General Singh.

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