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Defence Secretary, Army Vice Chief review security in J&K

IANS  |  Srinagar 

and of Army Lt Gen on Friday visited and reviewed security along the borders and in the hinterland.

This comes at a time a spurt has been registered in ceasefire violations.

Both of them also visited the and were briefed by Lt Gen A.K. Bhatt,

The Defence Secretary, who arrived here on Friday, visited forward areas on the Line of Control (LoC) and reviewed security preparedness in the hinterland, an official statement said here.

"The visited the forward areas along the LoC where he was briefed on the prevailing security situation and also interacted with the commanders and troops on ground."

Mitra was also briefed on the close coordination among all the government agencies in maintaining peace in the region, it said.

"He also visited where he was briefed by Lt Gen Bhatt about the Counter Infiltration and Counter Terrorism Grids functional in the Valley," it said, adding that Mitra "appreciated the various measures instituted to strengthen the security posture and the good job being done by all the security forces".

The of Army meanwhile reviewed the prevailing security situation and visited the Formations and Units in North Kashmir.

An official statement said Lt Gen Chand was briefed by the commanders on the ground as regards the operational preparedness as well as the measures taken to meet the security and weather related challenges.

He also interacted with the troops and emphasised on the need for undertaking relentless intelligence-based operations to sustain pressure on the terrorist groups and maintain a high degree of vigil along the LoC to eliminate any infiltration bid.

A total of 192 ceasefire violations were reported till January 29, told the Lok Sabha on Wednesday in a written reply.

In 2017, the ceasefire was violated 860 times compared to 228 in 2016 and 152 in 2015.



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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 21:38 IST