PM Modi pays homage to four soldiers martyred in Kashmir encounters
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 16, 2017,
Feb 16, 2017, 1:52
Army Chief briefed the Prime Minister on the incidents in which the casualties took place.
The Army chief admitted that there has been a higher toll in the security forces in J&K because the local population prevents them from conducting operations and "at times even supports the terrorists to escape".
Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday said those Kashmiris supporting terrorists would be considered anti-national.
Gen Rawat also gave out a strong message to those obstructing Army operations.
In a ceremony at Badami Bagh Cantonment in Srinagar, the Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen JS Sandhu and senior officials from other security forces, paid homage to the slain soldiers.
After video footage of stone pelters went viral on social networking sites, pressure was mounted on the top brass of the army in Kashmir valley to respond to the challenge thrown by the handlers of stone pelters. So these attacks are by terrorists who are already in the Valley. Four militants were killed in the encounters.
"Maj Dahiya had lead the operation launched by Army in Handwara yesterday which eventually resulted in the elimination of three terrorists thus delivering a major blow to the terror network in North Kashmir", an army spokesman said.
"We are giving them an opportunity, should they want to continue to then, we will continue with relentless operations may be with harsher measures and that is the way to continue", he told reporters after laying wreath to the martyrs of Handwara and Bandipora operations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday paid his last respects to bravehearts Major Satish Dahiya, Ptr. "It is a clears cut attempt by Pakistanis and separatists to espouse such reaction".