Army chief visits LoC in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat today visited the forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir and asked the troops to remain alert and thwart “any misadventure” from across the border.

During his interaction with the troops, he reassured them that the entire nation stands behind its soldiers in their “brave endeavours to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and integrity and maintaining peace” in the Valley, an army official said.

He said the Army chief, who is on a two-day visit to Kashmir since yesterday, was accompanied by Northern Army Commander Lt Gen D Anbu and Srinagar-based Corps Commander Lt Gen J S Sandhu.

“The army chief was briefed by formation commanders on the security situation on the border and measures instituted to strengthen the security posture besides overall operational and logistical preparedness,” an army official said.

He said Gen Rawat impressed upon the troops to remain vigilant and thwart “any misadventure from across especially now as the summer sets in” and snow will melt on the mountain passes.

An army soldier and a BSF head constable were killed and their bodies allegedly mutilated yesterday after special forces of Pakistan army sneaked about 250 metres across the LoC to carry out the ambush in Poonch district which falls in Jammu province.

General Rawat yesterday visited Panzgam garrison and was briefed on the encounter with militants which took place on April 27.

Three armymen, including a young officer, were killed and five other soldiers were injured while two militants were also killed in the incident.

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