Srinagar, JUN 18 :
In the first major anti-terror operation post Ramzaan, four terrorists were killed in an encounter by the security forces on Monday morning in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
Last week, on June 14, two militants and an Army jawan were killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
On the same day, the government decided to resume anti-terrorist operations, suspended during the month of Ramzan, giving free hand to security forces to deal with the terrorists.
On March 16, the government had directed security forces in Jammu and Kashmir to follow what it called “non-initiation of combat operations” during the holy month of Ramzan.
Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat today visited forward areas in Jammu and Kashmir today and reviewed the security situation along the frontier as well as in the hinterland.
Rawat reviewed the security situation of J&K during his visit to forward areas today, a defence spokesman said.
He was briefed by Lt Gen Saranjeet Singh, GOC, White Knight Corps, on the prevailing security situation. Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, Army Commander, Northern Command accompanied the chief of Army staff during his visit, the official said.
The Army chief visited deceased Rifleman Aurangzeb’s native village, Salani, Poonch to meet the bereaved family and condoled the death. Speaking to the father of the brave-heart, the COAS assured all possible assistance to the family, the official added.
He assured the family, that the supreme sacrifice rendered by the brave son of India will not go in vain, the spokesman said.
The Army chief, during his visit to forward areas, also interacted with soldiers and complemented them for their professionalism, selfless commitment and loyalty. He exhorted the troops to continue to work with zeal and dedication to overcome the challenges posted by weather, enemy and terrorism.
The Army Chief commended the synergy between all security agencies and civil administration in Jammu and Kashmir, the official said. Rawat also visited northern command, he added.