NAC briefs Governor

TNN Bureau. Updated: 7/11/2018 1:20:32 PM Front Page

SRINAGAR: Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, Army Commander, Northern Command, today briefed Governor NN Vohra of the security situation in Valley which he had reviewed over the past four days after an anguished Vohra had stressed for minimum collateral damage in anti-terror operations after the killing of three civilians in Army firing.

The Army commander, who has undertaken extensive tour of areas in the Valley in the past four days concluding with Amarnath Yatra review this noon, called on the Governor Vohra at Raj Bhavan in the evening and shared his views and experiences with the Governor, a Raj Bhavan spokesperson said.

Raj Bhavan Spokesman recalled the Governor's meeting with the Army Commander late last week when the Governor had called for more cohesive Civil-Police- Army collaboration in combating anti-terrorist activities.

It may be mentioned here that on July 7, anguished over the killing of three civilians in firing by army men, Governor Vohra had asked security forces to strictly adhere to the laid down Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and to avoid incidents of casualties and collateral damages "even in situations of extreme provocation".

Vohra, had "especially" invited Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, Northern Army Commander, for a meeting at the Raj Bhavan to review the security situation in the Kashmir Valley after the firing incident that afternoon.

The Governor had re-emphasized the importance of sustained collaborative action and synergy between the armed forces and the state police with the civil administration in dealing with difficult situations to prevent the loss of civilian lives, he added.

Earlier in the day, Lt General Singh visited army formations and units deployed for security of ongoing Amarnath yatra and took stock of the arrangements.

"Continuing with his visit to the Valley, the Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh accompanied by the Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen A K Bhatt visited the Army formations and units deployed for the Amarnath Yatra and took stock of the security and administrative arrangements for the ongoing Yatra," an army official said.

The Army commander stressed upon the need for close coordination with civil administration to ensure a smooth and efficient conduct of the Yatra. He appreciated the synergy being maintained amongst all security agencies for conduct of the Amarnath Yatra. Lt Gen Singh also visited forward posts in the frontier district of Baramulla where he was briefed by the officers on ground regarding the operational and logistics preparedness. Commending the exemplary professionalism and high morale of the troops deployed along the Line of Control (LoC), Lt Gen Singh stressed upon the need to maintain sustained vigil to thwart any attempts of infiltration from across the border. The Army Commander also reinforced the need to be prepared to meet emerging security challenges effectively.

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