Army operating with people-friendly rules: Gen Rawat

Army operating with people-friendly rules: Gen Rawat
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New Delhi: Days after imposition of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir, Army chief General Bipin Rawat Friday said army was operating with “people-friendly” rules of engagement in the Valley.
“Our basic purpose is to go after terrorists who create violence and disturbance in the Valley. Our aim is not to cause inconvenience to civilian population who are not indulging in arson or violence,” he said on the sidelines of an event here.
“There is nothing like stepping up… Army continues to operate with the formulated rules of engagement,” Rawat said when asked whether security has been stepped up in the Valley after the fall of the government.
The Army chief said in addition to the “stringent” rules of engagement, local formation commanders continuously give guidelines to soldiers as to how to operate.
“Our rules of engagement are very people-friendly and we conduct operations in a very people-friendly manner. And, motivated reports that Indian Army is carrying out brutal operations in Kashmir is not true,” he said.
The Army chief interacted with a group of school students, including five girls, from Baramulla and other neighbouring regions of the Valley who visited him here at South Block as part of a national integration tour.