Situation not out of control: Lt Gen Sandhu

The Army Saturday said the situation in Kashmir was not alarming or out of control and its assessment suggests things will improve.
Situation not out of control: Lt Gen Sandhu
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The Army Saturday said the situation in Kashmir was not alarming or out of control and its assessment suggests things will improve.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a passing out parade of 251 new recruits at Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) centre at Rangreth here, General officer Commanding (GoC) of Srinagar based 15 Corps, Lt General J S Sandhu, said that he doesn't see situation in Kashmir alarming or going out of control.

"In fact, our assessment suggests that situation will continue to improve," Sandhu said in reply to a query whether situation in Kashmir was alarming given the frequent encounters taking place.

Replying to a query whether Army has taken any action against the soldiers who were seen beating youth in videos circulated on social networking sites, Sandhu said "those videos are old and doctored."

"The Army takes action against the soldiers where allegations that our men are not behaving in a professional manner are found true," he said.

On the recent attack on Amarnath Yatris in Anantnag district, the GoC said: "It was one incident in reversal. We will continue our operations against militants who are moving around in the area (South Kashmir)."

On the Territorial Army soldier from Pulwama, Zahoor Ahmed Thokar, who deserted his unit recently, Sandhu said there is no confirmation about Zahoor joining militant ranks. "He left from his unit in Baramulla. We are tracking him," he said.

About the number of local active militants in Kashmir, the GoC put the number at 110. He, however, evaded query as to whether reports of 25 militants sneaking in from Poonch region of Jammu were true and was there any alert sounded by the Army. "Since I am not in charge of Poonch, I can't say whether this input is true."

On the passing out parade, the GoC said that 251 recruits passed out and joined the JAKLI. "Today, it's the important moment for the 251 families. Every parent wants to educate their children to see them earn a good living. My prayers are with them. They will be now integral part of the Indian Army," Sandhu said.

He said 50 recruits are from Kashmir while rest belong to Jammu, Doda, Kishtwar and some are from Ladakh region.

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