Army commander visits Kishtwar

Army commander Northern Command Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh on Saturday exhorted upon police and civil administration to synergise their efforts to defeat attempts of anti-national elements to revive militancy in Jammu region, Jammu-based defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand said.

Singh visited hinterland bases and posts in Kishtwar to review the security situation after the killing of RSS leader and his personal security officer by suspected militants recently.

Accompanied by White Knight Corps Commander, Lieutenant General Paramjit Singh, Singh was briefed by the commanders on ground about the current operational situation, prevailing security scenario and the preparedness of the formations.

“Interacting with Police and Civil Administration officials, Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh exhorted police and civil administration for their synergized efforts to defeat attempts of anti national elements to revive militancy in the region,” the spokesperson said.

Singh was also briefed on the formations role in maintaining conducive environment for successful conduct of recently held parliamentary elections.

He was also briefed on the aggressive domination of area of responsibility being exercised by the troops to thwart the nefarious designs of the anti national elements, the spokesman said and added that Lt Gen Singh appreciated the measures and standard operating procedures instituted by the units and formations in their area of responsibility to maintain peace and stability in the region.

“General Singh complimented the army, police and the civil administration for efficiently handling security situation in Kishtwar town arising after the recent killings and also appreciated the role of citizens, religious heads and people of Kishtwar for maintaining communal harmony,” the spokesperson said.

On April 9, suspected militants killed Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh leader Chanderkant Sharma and his personal security officer (PSO) inside a hospital in the Kishtwar district, prompting the administration to impose curfew in the town.