Defence minister, Army Chief likely to review security situation in Srinagar

Amid a surge in militant attacks and incidents of violence in the valley, Defense minister Arun Jaitley and Army Chief Bipin Rawat would review the security scenario in Srinagar, sources said.

Jaitley will be in Srinagar primarily for the two-day meeting of the GST (Goods and Services Tax) Council on 18 and 19 May, is also likely to review the security situation in the valley and take stock of counter-terror operations, officials told news agency.

Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat will be in Kashmir on Wednesday where he would be briefed by top army commanders about incidents of cross-border firing and ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops.

It was not immediately known if the two would review the ground situation together or separately.

Jaitley and Rawat’s Kashmir visit comes in the wake of beheading of two Indian security personnel by Pakistani military in Poonch district earlier this month which was termed “barbaric” by India.

While Rawat hinted at retaliation to avenge the killings, Jaitley had said the sacrifice of the two soldiers will not go in vain and that the armed forces will react “appropriately”.

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