Army Chief General Bipin Rawat arrived in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday for his two day long visit to the state and to review the prevailing security situation along the Line of Control (LoC) and the hinterland. He was accompanied by Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh and Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen AK Bhatt, visited the frontier district of Kupwara yesterday. He interacted with soldiers and was briefed about the recent counter-infiltration operations, a Srinagar-based army spokesman said. He added that the army chief was “appreciative of the sharp vigil and alertness along the Line of Control and high morale of the soldiers, and further exhorted them to remain alert for any eventuality”. Later in the day the army chief interacted with senior police officers and discussed the prevailing internal security situation in Kashmir. He appreciated the “seamless cooperation and synergy being maintained among all the agencies which is the most critical aspect of successful counter-infiltration and counter-terrorism operations”.
Rawat said India is facing complex and dynamic security challenges on its boarders as well as internally. But he boosted the moral of the security forces and said “Our steadfast resolve to ensure territorial integrity has been evident from the collective grit, determination and sacrifice of our soldiers who have stood their ground under the most challenging, inhospitable and most hostile circumstances”. He added “The army has been firmly dealing with infiltration bids and incidents of unprovoked firing by Pakistani army along the Line of Control in J&K”. the army chief acknowledged the sacrifices of brave Indian soldiers and said “I salute all those personnel who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty for the nation in the past year. I wish speedy recovery to all others who are recovering from injuries in the line of duty”.