Army chief reviews security, visits Forward Areas

Army chief reviews security, visits Forward Areas

Army Chief, General Dalbir Singh, Monday reviewed the overall security scenario in Kashmir and visited forward posts in frontier district of Kupwara.

 Srinagar, Dec 1: Army Chief, General Dalbir Singh, Monday reviewed the overall security scenario in Kashmir and visited forward posts in frontier district of Kupwara. This is his second visit to Kashmir since the start of Assembly elections on November 25. Earlier Gen Singh visited Kashmir on November 24.

Senior Army officials said Gen Singh was briefed about the overall security scenario in the Valley by GOC-in-Chief northern Command, Lt Gen DS Hooda, and General Officer Commanding 15 Corps, Lt Gen Subrata Saha, who received him here.

“He was apprised about the successful first phase of Assembly election in J&K and preparedness for the second phase of polling on Tuesday,” a senior Army officer told Greater Kashmir. “He was told that for successful elections, extraordinary coordination is being maintained by various security agencies.”

Later, the Army Chief visited 5/5 GR Unit, also known as “Shararat Battalion” in Tangdhar and interacted with its soldiers. “This unit has done well in Tangdhar Sector on Line of Control,” the Army official said, adding, “Soldiers of the Unit have foiled most of infiltration bids this year.”     

The Army chief also visited forward posts in Machil Sector and Baramulla-based 19 Infantry Division. “At each location, he was briefed by officers on ground about the situation along the LoC and hinterland,” sources said.

“He appreciated the effectiveness of the counter-infiltration grid and the much higher success rate this year in neutralizing infiltration attempts which has contributed significantly towards ensuring a secure environment in Kashmir,” they said.

An Army spokesman said Gen Singh complimented commanders on “high-level of integration achieved with J&K Police and Central Armed Police Forces and expressed his satisfaction at the efforts put in for resource mobilization, innovative surveillance techniques and other security measures which were showing excellent results.”