Army chief Bipin Rawat warns of tough action against stone-pelters in J&K

The Army chief said if "they do not relent and create hurdle in our operations, then we will take tough action."

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: February 16, 2017 12:00 pm
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Acknowledging that the hostile conduct of locals was causing higher casualties in the Kashmir valley, Army chief Bipin Rawat today warned those attacking security forces during anti-militancy operations of “tough action”. The stern message from Rawat came a day after three soldiers faced heavy stone-pelting at Parray Mohalla of Bandipore in north Kashmir when they were about to launch an operation against militants holed up there.

Alerted by the stone-pelters, the militants got an opportunity to fire hand grenades and empty a few magazines from AK-rifles into the advancing troopers, leaving three jawans dead and some others, including a Commanding officer of CRPF, injured. One terrorist managed to flee the area.

WATCH VIDEO | Army Chief Warns J&K Residents, Says Action Against Those Who Create Hurdles During Operations

General Rawat said security forces in Jammu and Kashmir were facing higher casualties due to the manner in which the local population was preventing them from conducting the operations and “at times even supporting the terrorists to escape”.

“We would now request the local population that people who have picked up arms, and they are the local boys, if they want to continue with the acts of terrorism, displaying flags of ISIS and Pakistan, then we will treat them as anti-national elements and go helter-skelter for them.

“They may survive today but we will get them tomorrow. Our relentless operations will continue,” the Army Chief told reporters here, sending out a stern message to those who support militants.

Rawat’s assertion came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and he paid last respects here to three of the four soldiers, including a major, who were killed in two separate encounters in Kashmir yesterday.

The Army chief said if “they do not relent and create hurdle in our operations, then we will take tough action.”

The Prime Minister, in a tweet, said, “Paid tributes to the brave men who lost their lives fighting terrorists in J&K. India will always remember their valour & sacrifice.”

General Rawat said those supporting terror activities are being given an opportunity to join the national mainstream but, if they continue with their acts, security forces will come down hard on them.

“We are giving them an opportunity, should they want to continue to (do what they are doing now) then, we will continue with relentless operations may be with harsher measures. A that is the way to continue,” he said .

Four terrorists were gunned down in two separate encounters yesterday. Four army personnel, including a Major, were also killed in the encounters at Handwara and Bandipora.

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  1. P
    Feb 15, 2017 at 11:22 pm
    He is a joker. He will soon turn into a V K Singh or Betrayer Thyagi.
    1. K
      Feb 15, 2017 at 10:35 pm
      Wherever there is mus lim majority , they force the other minorities out and start demanding freedom. It is a disease plaguing the planet and because of lib tards and the mainstream media, spade is not being called a spade and the plague continues to exist.
      1. I
        Feb 15, 2017 at 6:24 pm
        Why can't army shoot them out even before they try to pick a stone? Are we cowards? Thats how the crowds are controlled in the USA. Shoot first ask later
        1. L
          Feb 15, 2017 at 4:28 pm
          Stern action should be initiated against stone pelters and who are helping terrorist against our security men. We have to learn lesson from Israel how they are attacking misguided Palestinians.
          1. P
            Feb 15, 2017 at 6:53 pm
            Big threats and back to square one in next encounters. Life of our soldiers is cheap for these free loaders/looters politico and when it's power at any cost, it's a double-whammy...this chief is again talking big and why not when the politics plays a role in the selection of one...
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