Srinagar: Army chief Bipin Rawat on Friday stressed upon coordination between various agencies for better handling of the issue of people throwing stones at the forces to help militants escape during gunfights.
General Rawat discussed the issue of stone pelting during operations after he attended a wreath-laying ceremony of the three soldiers, who were killed in a militant ambush in Shopian district on Thursday, at the 15 Corps headquarters in Srinagar.
The three soldiers—Ghulam Mohi-ud-din, Vikas Singh Gurjar and Sreejith MJ—were killed and three others injured in an attack by militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen after a joint search team of army and police were ambushed at Mulu Chitragam village of Shopian in the wee hours of Thursday.
After the ceremony, General Rawat visited the headquarters of the Victor Force and Kilo Force, army’s counterinsurgency grids for south and north Kashmir.
The army chief met with Northern Army and Chinar Corps commanders Lt Gen Devraj Anbu and Lt Gen JS Sandhu. He was briefed about the prevailing situation and recent operations conducted by the forces.
“He impressed upon all to synergize efforts with the other security agencies in dealing with such situations effectively,” defence spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia said
Earlier this month, the army chief had warned Kashmiris of “tough action” for hindering counter-insurgency operations in the state by protesting near the encounter sites. Despite the warning, however, locals continued to engage in stone pelting against the government forces during these operations.
The wreaths, the spokesperson added, were also laid by Abdul Haque Khan, Minister of Rural development and Panchayat Raj and Ghulam Nabi Lone, Minister for Agriculture besides other officials from civil administration.