Army Commander visits forward areas along LoC
STATE TIMES NEWSSrinagar: Three soldiers were on Wednesday killed in Tangdhar area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara, one in Gurez sector of Bandipora district after being hit by avalanches, said Army officials. The snow avalanche hit an Army post in Tangdhar area of Kupwara district on Tuesday afternoon where at least two soldiers were said to be trapped. Search and rescue operations were carried out till late Tuesday evening but had to be suspended due to inclement weather. Rescue operations resumed on Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, the Army’s northern command chief, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, visited forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri and Poonch, and asked troops to remain battle ready at all times. The Army commander, accompanied by White Knight Corps Commander Lt Gen Harsha Gupta, visited forward posts in Poonch and Rajouri Sectors in the backdrop of increased ceasefire violations by Pakistan Army, a defence spokesman said. He emphasised the need to remain vigilant and battle ready at all times. He appreciated the preparedness and high morale of all soldiers. During the visit to the sector, Lt Gen Singh was briefed by the commanders on the ground about the current operational situation, prevailing security scenario and the actions taken to meet the challenges of increased ceasefire violations through aggressive domination of the Line of Control. He interacted with the soldiers and complimented them for their unwavering dedication to duty, selfless devotion and high standard of professionalism, spokesman said. He also interacted with residents of Seklu village in Poonch sector where a helicopter had crash-landed on October 24 and expressed deep gratitude for their wholehearted assistance in management and speedy evacuation of the injured.
He praised the people for their efforts, which conjointly with the Army, ensured peace and stability in the region.
He also apprised the locals regarding various initiatives being undertaken in the region for upliftment of local population and mitigating their day-to-day problems.
In another incident, a foot patrol of the Army was hit by an avalanche in Dawar area of Gurez sector of Bandipora district, trapping two soldiers. Efforts were on to rescue the jawans.
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