Army Chief on 2-day JK visit
Meets Guv,Discusses Security Scenario
SHABIR IBN YUSUF
Srinagar/Jammu, June 15: In his first official visit after taking over as the Army Chief, General Bikram Singh Friday arrived in Jammu and Kashmir on a two day trip.
He was scheduled to meet Chief Minister Omar Abdullah this evening, but the meet has been postponed due to CM’s preoccupation in New Delhi because of UPA meet over the nomination of presidential candidate.
Sources in Army said, on his arrival in Srinagar, General Singh accompanied by General officer Commanding (GOC)-in-Chief Northern Command Lt General KT Parnaik was received by the GOC 15 Corps, Lieutenant General Om Prakash.
“He was briefed about the overall security situation in the valley by General Prakash,” sources said adding that Army Chief was also briefed about the prevailing situation at Line of Control. “He also met some senior officers of 15 Corps.”
Soon after his arrival in Srinagar, Army Chief was scheduled to meet Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, however it not could materialize. “Omar is in Delhi for UPA meet that is why the meet could not take place,” a spokesman of 15 Corps said. “Chief is here till tomorrow afternoon let us see.”
Later in the evening, General Singh met J&K Governor NN Vohra at Raj Bhavan here. He was accompanied by Lt Gen K T Parnaik, and Lt Gen Om Prakash.
The meeting lasted for more than one hour. During the meeting various matters were discussed. However, the focus of the discussion according to sources was internal and external security situation. During the meeting Governor Vohra recalled his earlier association with General Bikram Singh, when he served as GOC 15 Corps and wished the Army Chief a most successful tenure.
Earlier in the morning Army Chief visited Udhampur-based Northern Command and reviewed the security situation of the state.
Gen Singh along with his wife Bubbles Singh, President, Family Welfare Organization (FWO) flew to Udhampur-based Northern Command headquarter Friday morning.
Sources in Army said that Gen Singh, had a detailed interaction with Lt Gen KT Parnaik, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C), Northern Command.
“During the meeting with the GOC-in-C, the Army Chief was apprised about the current security situation and the operational preparedness in Northern Command,” sources said adding that he also reviewed the security situation of Jammu with the commanders at the high-level meeting.
“The Army Chief was briefed about the security situation, graph of militancy, anti-militancy operations, operational preparedness and Sadhbhavana operations,” sources said adding that the measures related to counter infiltration along borderline and cross-LoC firing incidents also came up for discussion.
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