Indian Army chief visits violence-hit Kashmir

Srinagar, April 19 (IANS) Indian Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag Tuesday visited north Kashmir’s Kupwara district where five people were killed last week in clashes with security forces.

Defence spokesman Colonel N.N. Joshi told IANS that the army chief also reviewed the overall security situation in the Kashmir Valley.

He was accompanied by the Northern Army commander, Lieutenant General D.S. Hooda. The chief also visited the Srinagar-based Chinar Corps.

“The army chief was briefed by the Corps Commander, Lieutenant General Satish Dua, on the overall security situation and the preparedness of Chinar Corps in dealing with the emerging challenges,” Joshi said.

The spokesman said that the general was also briefed about the incidents in Handwara town in north Kashmir, where violent protests broke out in the past few days.

“General Dalbir Singh was briefed about the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) and hinterland. In his interaction with the officers and troops, the army chief expressed satisfaction at the operational preparedness of the units deployed along the LoC and hinterland.”

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