Srinagar: The Indian army on Tuesday held interactive sessions on ‘the return of peace’ with village elders, sarpanches, and youths in various districts of the Valley. In a statement issued here, the army said: “The youth expressed their whole-hearted desire for peace to return and pledged their support for all welfare activities being carried out by the army.”
The sessions, according to the handout, were held in Anantnag , Kulgam, Shopian, Kupwara and Baramulla.
Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff General Dalbir Singh came to Kashmir on Tuesday to review the security situation. Accompanied by Northern Army Commander Lt Gen DS Hooda and Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen Satish Dua, the army chief visited LoC formations and units in north Kashmir where he was briefed on operational preparedness and counter infiltration operations in which more than ten militants have been eliminated over the past one month.
Commending the alertness of all troops deployed along the LoC, Gen Dalbir stressed upon the need to continue high degree of vigil and operational focus.
Singh also visited the Victor Force headquarters at Awantipora where he was apprised of the latest situation in south Kashmir. He appreciated the professionalism with which troops had been operating in full synergy with other security and civil agencies. He impressed upon everyone to uphold human rights and exercise maximum possible restraint while dealing with protesting mobs.
Later, the army chief came to Badami Bagh Cantt, Srinagar, where he was briefed by the Northern Army and Chinar Corps Commanders on numerous initiatives undertaken by the army across the Valley to constructively engage with the awaam towards their well being. Lauding such humanitarian steps, Singh made an appeal to the people to eschew violence and help restore peace and calm at the earliest.