Army Chief reviews preparedness of troops along LoC

The Chief of Army Staff (CoAS), General Bipin Rawat on Friday arrived in Jammu to visit forward posts in Akhnoor sector.

Officials said Rawat visited forward post and interacted with the Amry jawans deployed at the border.

Chief of Army staff accompanied by the Northern Army Commander Lt Gen D Anbu visited White Knight Corps to review the operation preparedness and the prevailing security situation.

“He interacted with the army jawans and took a stock of overall security scenario and status of LoC,” the official said.

The spokesman of Army said that Bipin Rawat was briefed by Lt General A K Sharma, GOC 16 Corps about the preparedness of White Knight Corps in dealing with the emerging and dynamically changing security situation and the measures taken to thwart any misadventure by the inimical forces.

“The COAS visited Rajouri and Akhnoor Sectors wherein he was briefed on the operational readiness by the GOC Ace of Spades division and GOC Crossed Swords division,” the spokesman said.

He said CoAS later  visited forward posts along the LoC where he was briefed in detail on the actions being undertaken to ensure a robust counter infiltration grid.

“He also interacted with the soldiers deployed on the forward posts and exhorted the troops to continue to remain vigilant and ever ready,” he said.

He said General Bipin Rawat complimented the formations for their unflinching efforts and reiterated the continued need to remain prepared in order to counter the “nefarious designs of the enemy.”

It is pertinent to mention that General Bipin Rawat after his appointment as Army chief has played a proactive role viz a viz Kashmir.

Rawat remained in news for his controversial statements issued regarding youth thronging encounter sites and helping militants to break the army cordon.

Rawat had declared to treat “youth visiting encounter sites” as over ground workers.

Pertinent to mention that Rawat in his past few months tenure as COAS made his visit to Siachen Glacier in Jammu and Kashmir, the world’s highest and coldest militarised zone on January 23.

Earlier on January 05 Rawat made his first visit as CoAS and visited Army formation in Jammu.

Gen Rawat has vast experience in high altitude warfare and counter-insurgency operations.

He commanded an infantry battalion, along the Line of Actual Control in the Eastern Sector, a Rashtriya Rifles Sector and an Infantry Division in the Kashmir Valley, a Corps in the Eastern theatre and the Southern Command.

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