Army chief reviews security situation on LoC in Kashmir

Army chief reviews security situation on LoC in Kashmir

21 March 2011
The Daily Excelsior


SRINAGAR: Chief of the Army Staff, General V K Singh today visited forward areas on the Line of Control (LoC), where he was briefed by the field commander about the overall situation. General Singh, who arrived here on a two-day visit to Kashmir valley, was accompanied by Bharti Singh, president Central Family Welfare (CFW) organisation. He was received by Lt General K T Parnaik, Army Commander, Northern Command and Lt General S A Hasnain, Corps Commander, Chinar Corps. Official sources said immediately after his arrival, General Singh reviewed operational preparedness in the Kashmir valley in view of the changing environment and security scenario. He was given a detailed by senior Army Commanders about the overall security situation in the Valley. General Singh flew to high forward areas on LoC in a helicopter to meet the troops deployed there. He was informed about the measures taken by the troops to thwart any infiltration bid from across the border by militants as the snow had started melting on the routes, being used to sneak into this side. The Army chief was also informed about the presence of militants across the LoC in launching pads, waiting an opportunity to sneak into this side. Sources said the field commanders had informed the General about the steps taken, including intensifying night and foot patrolling all along the LoC to meet any such challenge. He was also informed about the measures taken to meet the challenge of militants active within the Valley and some border areas in Jammu region. The Army chief, besides local commanders, have already voiced their concern and opposed revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the Kashmir valley. Besides separatists, several mainstream parties, including ruling National Conference (NC), had been demanding withdrawal of AFSPA and reduction of troops. The Government has already removed 39 roadside bunkers of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) from Srinagar during the past few months. However, the authorities said no decision had been taken to remove the roadside bunkers in the town and other areas in the Valley. The Army also remained deployed in some of the bunkers. Mrs Bharti Singh visited Army Base Hospital at Srinagar and interacted with the patients.(UNI)


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