Passing out parade held of 251 new recruits in JAK Light Infantry regiment
Srinagar: The GOC of army’s 15 Corps, Lieutenant General JS Sandhu, said on Saturday that the situation in Kashmir was under control and counter-insurgency operations would continue to improve it.
“The situation post recent Amarnath attack is under control. We will continue to target the militants and eliminate them,” Lt Gen Sandhu told media persons on the sidelines of the passing out parade of 151 recruits of JAKLI at Rangreth.
The GOC said that the recent militant attack on Amarnath yatris in Anantnag was a reverse suffered by the army. “I am not worried,” he said. “Our assessment is we will continue improving the situation.”
He said that there were about 110 militants active in south Kashmir. When asked about nabbing the militants involved in the Amaranth attack, he said, “I can’t tell the media everything until the operation is completed.”
Asked about recent videos in which army men are seen beating up civilians, Sandhu said that the army has taken action against its men involved in some such cases. “We have been investigating these videos and have also taken action against persons in some cases,” he said. “Some of these videos are old and some are so doctored that they don’t give the entire story. We will ensure that soldiers continue working in professional manner in Indian army.”
He added, “When we have found a person not behaving in professional manner, we have been hauling them up. That is my way of working on it.”
The GOC said that the army had no information on whether the JAKLI soldier who ran away from his post in Baramulla along with his allotted rifle had joined militant ranks. “We have been tracking him but there is no news so far that he has joined militants,” he said.
Sandhu said that the enthusiasm among Kashmiri youth for joining the army has not gone down after the killing of Lieutenant Umar Fayaz in Shopian district. “There is no change in the trend. Thousands of youths apply for a few hundred posts in the army. During the recent recruitment process in March, more than 20,000 youth turned up for physical test for 800 posts in the army in Baramulla and around 5,000 youth came for 200 posts in Srinagar,” he said.
Asked if the army had some inputs on infiltration of a group of 25 militants through the Poonch area, he said the figures could not be correct. “But I can’t speak on this as I am not looking after that area,” he said.
Earlier, speaking at the venue, the GOC lauded the latest batch of 251 passing out recruits of The Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry regiment for their impressive drill.
Recruit Course Serial number 109 was completed today after one year of strenuous training. The glittering parade was held at the Bana Singh Parade Ground of JAKLI RC. The parade was reviewed by Lt Gen JS Sandhu, GOC Chinar Corps, and was attended by over 1,500 parents/ relatives of the young soldiers along with a number of civil and military dignitaries.
at the Bana Singh Parade Ground of JAKLI RC. The parade was reviewed by Lt Gen JS Sandhu, GOC Chinar Corps, and was attended by over 1,500 parents/ relatives of the young soldiers along with a number of civil and military dignitaries.
“It is a proud moment for the families of these 251 recruits who completed their training to become soldiers in JAKLI regiment,” Sandhu said at the function.