September 2007 News

J J Singh Meets Troops

6 September 2007
The Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: Outgoing Army Chief General J J Singh, who is on a two-day farewell visit to Jammu and Kashmir, today met troops deployed near the Line of Control (LoC) in the Uri sector.It was a nostalgic moment for Gen Singh as he visited 9 Maratha Light Infantry at Uri. The General had commanded the Battalion from February 1981 to June 1983. The visit was more significant as it came after two successful operations conducted by 9 Maratha Light Infantry close to the LoC which resulted in the elimination of 12 infiltrators. During the 'Operation Vasanth' conducted from July 29 to August 1, the Battalion eliminated eight foreign militants in a fierce gunfight. Battalion Commanding Officer Col Vasanth V led his men from the front and personally eliminated three militants before succumbing to injuries. For this gallant action, Col Vasanth V was awarded Ashok Chakra (Posthumous). During his visit, Gen Singh laid a wreath in honour of brave martyrs of the Battalion besides visiting the office of the Commanding Officer, where he once sat at the helm of affairs. The General, accompanied by Northern Command General Officer-in- Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) Lt Gen H S Panag and XV Corps GOC Lt Gen A S Sekhon, addressed all ranks of the Maratha Regiment in Uri station which was followed by 'Bara Khana' with troops. Earlier in the day, the Army Chief addressed officers at Badami Bagh Cantonment here where he complimented all ranks for their dedicated hard work, which has brought down the level of violence in the Kashmir Valley to an all time low. He also appreciated the people friendly operations launched in pursuance of the 'iron fist and velvet glove' policy. The General also visited the headquarters of 79 Mountain Brigade, which he had commanded in 1991-92 during the peak of militancy in Kashmir.


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