SRINAGAR: Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat on Monday arrived in Jammu and Kashmir on his maiden visit and took stock of the security situation along the borders in sensitive Ladakh and Kashmir Valley regions.
Gen Rawat was accompanied by Northern Army Commander Lt Gen D Anbu. On his arrival at Siachen base camp, Gen Rawat laid a wreath at Siachen war memorial before interacting with troops at Siachen, the highest battleground in the world. In the afternoon, the army chief arrived in Srinagar to oversee the ground situation and preparedness of the troops along the Line of Control and the hinterland. This is the first visit of the army chief after he assumed charge earlier this month. He was briefed by the northern commander and the corps commander of Srinagar based XV corps about the army’s efforts to tackle militancy and infiltration in the Valley.
The Army Chief later moved to Srinagar for his first visit to the Valley after assuming the appointment as COAS where he was briefed about the prevailing security scenario in Kashmir and the measures instituted to integrate all government agencies for efficient intelligence generation and successful conduct of operations. He complimented the soldiers on ground for their high morale, outstanding vigilance and state of preparedness.
The Army Chief who has served the people of Kashmir in various capacities including commanding the prestigious Dagger Division in 2011–2012 and an RR Sector in Sopore – Bandipora in 2006-2007, also conveyed his greetings to the Awaam of Kashmir and reassured them of the Army’s commitment towards their well being.