Army chief calls for united efforts to tackle stone-pelting

SansadTV Bureau
File photo of Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat during the Army's annual press conference in New Delhi on Friday.

File photo of Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat during the Army’s annual press conference in New Delhi. (PTI)

Army chief General Bipin Rawat, who is in Kashmir, called for coordinated efforts by security forces to effectively deal with the problem of stone pelting by civilians during counter-insurgency operations.

Rawat discussed the issue with local army officers during security review meetings held at the headquarters of counterinsurgency units — Kilo Force and Victor Force in Srinagar, an army official said.

“Reinforcing the need to maintain high vigil, the army chief discussed the issue of stone pelting during operations and impressed upon all to synergise efforts with the other security agencies in dealing with such situations effectively,” an official said.

The army chief is said to have interacted with local commanders and troops urging them to continue discharging their duty with utmost professionalism.

Rawat, who arrived in Srinagar on Thursday, was briefed on the prevailing security situation and recent operations conducted by the security forces.

He also reviewed the collaborative measures of security forces towards ensuring peace and calm in the region.

Rawat also paid tribute to the three soldiers killed in the militant attack in Shopian. He expressed grief and condolences to the families of Lance Naik Ghulam Mohi-Ud-Din, Sepoy Vikas Singh Gurjar and Sapper Sreejith M J.

On Thursday Rawat met the other injured soldiers at the Army Base Hospital here and wished them speedy recovery.

(With inputs from PTI)