Security situation in J&K stable but fragile: Lt Gen Ranbir Singh

He was speaking to the media on the sidelines of a function organised to felicitate teachers of Army Goodwill Schools in Udhampur.

YOGESH SAGOTRA
Udhampur, Publish Date: Nov 16 2018 11:51PM | Updated Date: Nov 17 2018 2:23AM
Security situation in J&K stable but fragile: Lt Gen Ranbir SinghFile Photo

Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Northern Command, on Friday said that “hinterland security situation” in Jammu and Kashmir is stable but fragile because any trigger can cause disturbance.

He was speaking to the media on the sidelines of a function organised to felicitate teachers of Army Goodwill Schools in Udhampur.

The commander said “it is a matter of great satisfaction” that fewer youths have been joining militant outfits for the past some time.

The army commander said Army goodwill schools have made a positive impact on the society and children in Jammu and Kashmir. “I would like to assure you that army goodwill schools acted as a catalyst that no radicalization is allowed to take place and no reports suggest any goodwill school student drifting towards radicalization,” he said. The commander awarded 24 teachers of AGSs for their innovative skills in teaching.  

The schools were started in 1998 and currently the Northern Command runs 45 such schools under Project Sadbhavana. As many as 15,000 students study in these schools that also employ 1,000 teaching and non-teaching staff.

LOC SITUATION

Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said, “There have been snipping incidents across the Line of Control and we have been protesting with our Pakistani counterparts. And wherever Pakistan has violated the ceasefire we give them befitting reply because the message to the troops on ground is very clear that if Pakistan does not stop any activity, it should be punished accordingly.” 

MILITANCY IN POONCH, KISHTWAR

“There have been reports of activities of militants south of Pir-Panchal but these are isolated incidents. We have been able to take stock of the situation all the time and in most of the cases there are ample leads to be able to check and arrest any kind of movement in south of Pir Panchal.”

He said the people of Poonch, Rajouri and the entire area south of Pir-Panchal have “realised the importance of peace”. 

“They support security forces to ensure no militant activity happens. For this I want to thank them,” he said.

PANCHAYAT POLLS

He said adequate security measures have been taken for the elections beginning on Saturday. “We are very sure that we have a secure environment and people are able to come and participate in polls,” he said.

DECLINE IN TREND OF YOUTH JOINING MILITANT GROUPS

Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said there is a relative decline in the number of youths joining militant groups in Kashmir for the past some time.

"As far as recruitment is concerned, it is a matter of satisfaction that for the past some time there has been a relative decline in the number of youths joining militancy," he said but did not specify the time period.

"There have been a large number of reports of radicalisation of youths," he added.

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