Army chief calls for efforts to curb stone-pelting

Army chief calls for efforts to curb stone-pelting
While reviewing the overall security situation in Kashmir, Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday called for coordinated efforts to deal with stone-pelting by civilians during counter-insurgency operations.

General Rawat, who had arrived in Srinagar on Thursday to pay tribute to the soldiers killed in the Shopian encounter, reviewed the collaborative measures of security forces to ensure peace and calm in the region.

Sources said the local commanders also briefed General Rawat about the security situation on the Line of Control with Pakistan, Line of Actual Control with China, and the recent operations conducted by the security forces.

This was the first visit of General Rawat to the area after his strong warning to people who engage in stone-pelting during anti-militancy operations.

He had said that stone-pelters would be treated as “overground workers of terrorists” and would thereby face the same punishment meted out to jihadis.
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