Army Chief Visits Jammu And Kashmir Amid Increasing Ceasefire Violations

Army Chief Visits Jammu And Kashmir Amid Increasing Ceasefire Violations

15 July 2013
India Today


New Delhi: Indian army chief, Gen. Bikram Singh Monday reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the situation along the borders with Pakistan and China as he began his two-day visit to the state. Gen. Singh chaired a security meeting at the 15 Corps headquarters here where he was briefed by Northern Command chief, Lt.Gen. Sanjiv Chachra, and the Corps Commander, Lt. Gen. Gurmeet, Singh on the measures taken to thwart infiltration attempts into the state from across the line of control (LOC) and the international border in the state, a defence spokesman said. The army chief also discussed the latest developments along the borders with China following reports of recent incursions by the Chinese army into the Indian territory. The visit gains added importance in view of increased terrorist movement in the state this summer. According to sources, there has been a significant and beyond normal rise in terrorist incidents this year. This has lead to the Army reiterating that the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) should remain unchanged and there should be no modifications to troop deployment patterns. The year 2013 has also seen an almost doubling of ceasefire violations in the first half. There were 45 violations till June, 2013 as compared to 27 for the same period last year. In addition, 2013 saw 69 infiltration attempts of which 30 were relatively successful. Comparitively, there were only 49 infiltration attempts in the correspo9nding period last year, of which a mere 13 bore were accomplished. The address by the army chief to the officers of 15 Corps was also relayed to officers of the Jammu-based 16 Corps and Leh-based 14 Corps in the state through a video conference. Later, the army chief called on the Governor N.N. Vohra at the Raj Bhawan and discussed the security situation, official sources here said. During his stay here, Gen. Singh is scheduled to visit some forward positions along the LOC.