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Northern Army chief calls for strict vigil in J-K

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Jammu, Sep 14: Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said on Friday that a strict vigil should be maintained in the state to counter nefarious designs of anti-national elements a day after three JeM militants were killed in a fierce gunfight in Reasi district.

“All ranks need to remain vigilant to counter the nefarious designs of the inimical and anti-national elements,” he said while interacting with senior officers at the Nagrota military station here.

The Army commander reviewed the operational preparedness and was briefed by Lt Gen Saranjeet Singh, the General Officer Commanding of White Knight Corps, on the security situation in the Corps zone and also on the operations being conducted by the formation, a defence spokesman said.

Lt Gen Ranbir Singh was also briefed on the preparedness of the formations in their respective area of responsibility in light of ceasefire violations, infiltration bids and hinterland security, he said.

The Army commander also interacted with soldiers and complimented them, the spokesman said.

Three militants of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) were killed and 12 security personnel injured on Thursday in an encounter in Reasi district.

The encounter broke out after government forces, comprising CRPF, police and Army personnel, during a cordon and search operation, zeroed in on a location near a house in the district’s Kakriyal area, and surrounded the militants.

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