Srinagar: Indian army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag on Tuesday visited Kupwara district to take stock of the situation in the wake of killing of five civilians in the district last week. He was accompanied by Northern Army Commander Lt Gen DS Hooda and XV Corps Commander Lt Gen Satish Dua. The two officers briefed the army chief on the overall security situation and the preparedness of XV Corps in dealing with the “emerging challenges”.
The army is under flak for opening fire on the protesters on April 12, which killed two youngsters. The fire was opened on protesters who had objected to the presence of a soldier near a toilet where a schoolgirl had gone to answer nature’s call.
A defence spokesman said the army chief was briefed about the incidents in Handwara, which witnessed violent protests over the last week.
The army chief was briefed about the situation along the Line of Control and hinterland. In his interaction with the officers and troops, the army chief expressed his satisfaction at the operational preparedness of the units deployed along the LC and hinterland. He further impressed upon all to ensure security in the area in concert with police and civil administration, the spokesman said.