Kashmir Unrest: Army Chief To Visit Valley Today


Jammu:  Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag is slated to visit Srinagar on Wednesday to take stock of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. General Singh’s visit follows the unrest witnessed in the Kashmir Valley following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani on July 8 in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag.

PTI reported that the Army Chief would also visit areas along the Line of Control (LoC) to assess the situation there as well. “The Chief of Army Staff will review the security situation in Kashmir during meetings with the Corps Commander of China Corp and other officers,” a defence source said.

General Singh, who will reach the Army’s Badamibagh Cantonment area in the morning, will be briefed about the situation in the Valley and the counter-infiltration operations along the LoC.

During the unrest witnessed in the Valley since July 8, violent mobs attacked Army camps and installations. In the latest incident, three persons, including two women, were killed in firing by Army personnel yesterday at Qazigund in Anantnag district when their vehicle came under stone pelting.

The Army has ordered an inquiry into the incident. Overall, the death toll in the recent violence has touched 42 with curfew continuing to remain in force in all 10 districts across the state.