Published On : Thu, May 4th, 2017

We share details after execution: Army chief on beheading of soldiers

New Delhi: Army Chief General Rawat’s first statement on the security operations in Kashmir’s Shopian district. “We have beefed up our counter-infiltration posture in Jammu and Kashmir,” Gen Rawat said. When asked about the possible action following the mutilation of Indian soldiers, the army chief said, “We don’t talk about future plans; we share details after execution. We retaliate to these kind of actions.”

This morning, more than 20 villages in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir were cordoned off, as the Indian Army along with other security forces launched massive anti-terror operations.

The search operations come in the wake of a surge in militancy related incidents in the past few days and recent terror attacks in the valley.

Suspected terrorists barged into a police post guarding the court complex of southern Shopian late on Tuesday night. The terrorists decamped along with five service rifles including four INSAS rifles and an AK-47 rifle.

Earlier, following the two bank robberies that took place in Pulwama on Wednesday, Pulwama Superintendant of Police Rayees Mohammed Bhat revealed that preliminary investigation has established the involvement of the terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

“Until now, we have identified one militant each from Padgampora and Khagpura, which proves Lashkar’s involvement in the incident,” he said.

“It is clear that militant organisations like these are short of cash. We have also seen that they now carry more advanced technological gadgets. We are continuing the investigation,” he added.

The gunmen looted two banks, in separate incidents, in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, within few hours.

Bank robberies and weapon snatching incidents have been on the rise in the Valley recently, triggering an alert.