Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, Army Commander Northern Command, visited Doda sector and reviewed the ground security situation. The visit comes amid reports of revival of militancy in Chenab Valley belt of Jammu province.
“Major General Rajiv Nanda, General Officers Commanding (GOC) Delta Force briefed the Army Commander on prevailing security situation and the preparedness of Force in dealing with the same,” informed defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand. “The army commander also visited forward posts where he was briefed in detail on the actions being undertaken to ensure a robust counter militancy grid and review security arrangements for Shri Amarnath Yatra in view of the recent threats by the militant groups.”
The visit came a week after the security forces gunned down two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants in Anantnag on July 25. One of the slain militant was identified as Abid Hussain Bhat of Suzan village in Doda district. Bhat had joined the militant outfit on July 1 and is considered to be the first youth from Doda district to have joined militancy in recent years.
In a statement, police said that at least two local youths from the area have joined militant ranks. The district administration Kishtwar had increased scrutiny on social media sites and directed whatsap group administrators to register themselves with the authorities. A module of Hizbul Mujahideen was busted on July 1, which was planning to carry out grenade attacks at busy locations and recruit local youth, as per police.
General Ranbir Singh, while interacting with the soldiers, reiterated the need to “remain vigilant to counter the nefarious designs of the anti-national elements”.