November 2018 News

Focus Not To Allow Youth To Join Militancy In Kashmir: Army Chief

12 November 2018
PTI


Pathankot: Army chief Bipin Rawat Monday said while the government's policy was that those triggering terrorism in Kashmir should be neutralised, the Army's focus was to ensure that the Kashmiri youths do not join militancy. The Army chief said infiltration was going on from across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. 'The government has a clear cut policy that it will not allow terrorists to create violence. Anybody who creates violence will be neutralised,' he told reporters here. Rawat, who was on a two-day visit to Pathankot, presided over a conclave of disabled soldiers here. 'Our focus is terrorists in the valley. The basic aim of the Army is to ensure that young boys do not join militancy,' he said. Rawat said the Army's aim was that it approached the youth's family and told them that they could ask the youth to surrender as it was still giving them a chance. 'Then if the people still do not behave and continue with violence, then the alternative left (with us) is to neutralise them,' the Army chief said. Asked whether India is following a tit-for-tat policy towards Pakistan, which was resulting in many casualties, Rawat said the policy keeps on changing. 'See we have to keep changing the policy...We have keep doing something different. It has to be reviewed so that we keep ahead of adversary,' he said, adding that it had to be more than a tit-for-tat policy. He said what the Indian Army was doing along the LoC was not being put into public domain and they were doing more than Pakistan. 'We do not want blow our trumpet unnecessarily. Whenever they do something, it is given a befitting reply. Whenever they are doing something, it is a reaction. They don't take initiative. They know we are strong and we can take strong action,' he said. On the Bomdila incident in Arunachal Pradesh The Army chief said they were inquiring into the Bomdila incident in Arunachal Pradesh and would take action against the guilty. On November 2, a group of soldiers allegedly misbehaved with civilians and police personnel at the Buddha Mahotsav celebrations in Bomdila area of West Kameng district, officials had said. The local station house officer went to the spot and two soldiers were brought to the police station. After that, some soldiers vandalised the Bomdila police station, assaulted police personnel and civilians, they had said. 'We are inquiring into it. If any jawans are found guilty, we will take action against them,' Rawat said here, while replying to a question about action being taken against the jawans. Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Kiren Rijiju had on Wednesday took stock of the situation. On Sunday, Rijiju had said the Army and the police should respect each other.

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