After Chief’s visit, Army asks forces to be 'prepared for any eventuality'

Srinagar:  Amid heightened tension with Pakistan, the Army has asked the forces to be "prepared for any eventuality" and maintain "very high level of alert". The directive came after Army Chief General Dalbir Singh assessed the military preparedness in Jammu and Kashmir.

The situation on the Line of Control (LoC) and hinterland was discussed at a meeting held by Northern Army Commander Lt Gen D S Hooda and attended by Srinagar-based Corps Commander Lt Gen Satish Dua, state Chief Secretary B R Sharma and DGP K Rajendra Kumar.

"During the meeting, Lt Gen Hooda stressed upon the need for maintaining a very high level of alert and vigil and to remain prepared for any eventuality," an Army spokesman said.

"The Chinar Corps Commander, Lt Gen Satish Dua reviewed the entire gamut of operational readiness with the Army Commander and briefed him on all security measures along the LoC as well as the hinterland," the spokesman added.

The review of security was undertaken against the backdrop of surgical strike carried out by the Indian Army against terror camps across the LoC..

The Army made an "earnest appeal to the people of Kashmir to ensure calm and peace in these sensitive times and strengthen the government and security agencies in meeting the challenges emanating from across the borders".

Earlier, Lt Gen Hooda briefed the Army Chief at Northern Command Headquarters at Udhampur about the overall security situation along the borders. The Army Chief then visited the Kashmir valley.