Visiting Kashmir in the wake of the barbaric mutilation of jawans by Pakistani forces, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said the army is taking measures to beef-up its counter-infiltration efforts while talking to the news agency ANI. “We are taking measures, have beefed up our counter-infiltration posture to take care of the situation,” Rawat said. Talking about India’s response, Rawat said “We don’t talk about future plans beforehand. We share details after execution.”
Rawat also pointed out that since summer is coming and the snow is likely to melt, terrorists are going to increase their attempts at infiltration. “Terrorists are going to attempt infiltration, snows are melting, summer months started so like each year infiltration will commence,” he was quoted as saying. He also referred to the combing operation that was conducted today by the security forces and said that it was carried out to make sure that the situation is under control after continuous attacks on police officers.
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“Today’s combing op (in Kashmir) is to make sure that situation is brought under control, post recent incidents. Banks have been looted, policemen have been killed. That is why today’s combing operation is taking place,” Rawat added. Just one day after the attack on Indian jawans, Rawat had visited the forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir and asked the troops to remain alert and thwart “any misadventure” from across the border, reported news agency PTI.
He was on a two-day visit to Kashmir and was accompanied by Northern Army Commander Lt Gen D Anbu and Srinagar-based Corps Commander Lt Gen J S Sandhu. “The army chief was briefed by formation commanders on the security situation on the border and measures instituted to strengthen the security posture beside overall operational and logistical preparedness,” an army official was quoted as saying by the agency.