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Army chief reviews security in valley

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Takes stock of security arrangements for upcoming Amarnath Yatra

Srinagar, May 24: The Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat visited Kashmir today to review the prevailing security situation in the hinterland.

Accompanied by the Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen AK Bhatt, the Army chief visited formation headquarters and units where he was briefed by the commanders on ground as regards the operational preparedness, a defence spokesman said.

He said the Army chief was appreciative of the measures and Standard Operating Procedures instituted by the units and formations to meet the challenges posed by the “inimical elements”.

“Commending the performance of the troops in the recent successful operations, the Army chief stressed the need to maintain the extra vigil to defeat the evil designs of hostile forces and assured his full support to further strengthen the security posture,” spokesman said.

He said General Rawat also took stock of the security and administrative arrangements for the upcoming Amarnath Yatra which is scheduled to commence from June 27, 2018 and stressed on the need for close coordination with Civil administration to ensure a smooth and efficient conduct of the Yatra.

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