Operations in JK conducted in professional manner: Lt Gen Ranbir Singh

The Army on Thursday said its operations in Jammu and Kashmir are conducted in a professional and dedicated manner and the force has a code of conduct which values human dignity.

“We have a very strong code of conduct which values human dignity and the values of the society. So I wish to assure you that all the operations by the Army in Jammu and Kashmir are being carried out in a professional and dedicated manner,” Army’s northern command chief Lt Gen Ranbir Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a function at Wuzur in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

In response to a question, the Army commander said, “Wherever there are actions to be taken, those are taken at appropriate levels.”

Lt Gen Singh was at Army Goodwill School, Wuzur, which has been renamed after Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani, who was awarded Ashok Chakra posthumously in January this year.

Wani was killed in an anti-insurgency operation at Batagund in Kulgam district on November 25, 2018. Six militants were killed, three of them by the militant-turned-soldier, in the operation.

He was awarded Ashok Chakra for his role in the operation, thereby becoming the first person from the Valley to be awarded the highest peacetime gallantry award of the country.

“It is a matter of great pride for us today to be here at Army Goodwill School at Wuzur because today we have dedicated this school to pay homage to our martyr late Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani, who was a recipient of Ashok Chakra, India’s highest peacetime gallantry award.

“He was also two times recipient of the Sena medal for gallantry by the government of India,” Lt Gen Singh said.

On the functioning of the Army Goodwill schools in Kashmir, the Army commander said there are always some distractions which work against the interests of the country.

“It is to the credit of our children, their parents and our teachers that we have been able to ensure that there has been no disruption in the education, which we are trying to impart to the children in these schools,” he said.

“The children of Kashmir are our hope. We are sure that in the times to come they will work hard. They have a huge potential and they will become useful members of the society and take us on the trajectory of growth and development as far as Kashmir and the nation is concerned,” he added.

Later, the Northern Army Commander accompanied by the Chinar Corps Commander, Lt Gen KJS Dhillon visited formations along the Line of Control in Kupwara District. He was briefed on development works, the counter infiltration grid and operational preparedness. The Army Commander was appreciative of the measures and Standard Operating Procedures instituted by the units and formations to meet the challenges. Later in the day the Army Commander chaired a key security review meeting which was attended by the senior officials from the Army, Police, CRPF and other security agencies. During the meeting, Amarnath Yatra, neutralisation of militants and minimisation of civilian casualties during operations were focused. He also appreciated the synergy being maintained through the joint efforts of all the agencies. He said that the synergy was most critical for successful operations.