Militant threats, separatist boycott calls won’t impact polls: Army

Published at March 21, 2017 01:31 AM 0Comment(s)4470views

‘Many successful anti-militancy operations conducted since Jan’

Mir Liyaqat Ali

Srinagar, Mar 20:

 Army Monday said the militant threats and separatists boycott call won’t impact bypolls for two parliamentary seats in the Valley and claimed that troops have carried out many successful anti-militancy operations since January this year.
“The militant threats and separatists’ poll boycott call is just a ‘norm,” GoC Victor Force, Major General Ashok Narula told Rising Kashmir on sidelines of a Sadbhavana function at Nagam, Chadoora in Budgam district.
He said such things would not make any impact on the conduct of forthcoming parliamentary polls in the Valley.
Narula said the militant threats and boycott calls and threat posters were witnessed in past as well but these things don’t matter and have no impact on the poll process.
He, however, said security agencies are working to ensure peaceful and smooth conduct of polls.
The bypolls for Srinagar Lok Sabha seat and Anantnag seat would be held on April 9 and April 12 respectively.
On anti-militancy operations, GoC Victor Force said many successful operations have been carried out against militants since January this year.
He said Army, CRPF and police were working in close coordination while carrying out anti-militancy operations. “We are hopeful that more successful anti-militant operations would be carried out in the coming days”.
“During these successful operations, no militant was given any chance to escape. The forces know their job well and know what they have to do,” he said.
He said forces were ready to face any challenges and would manage every situation very well.
“We do not worry about number of militants operating. The things at present are very much under control and we will manage it well,” Narula said.
Asked whether army has brought some changes in its operational methods after last year’s unrest, he said, “Our methods of functioning have remained the same. We were getting the successes before July 8 and are getting successes after that also”.
He said the forces evolve themselves as per the situation and manage very well in all the challenges.
Terming stone pelting near encounter sites as a cause of concern for the forces, GoC Victor Force said police and CRPF was taking care of the people coming to the encounter sites very well.
“We all work in synergy,” he said.
Earlier, GoC inaugurated upgradation of Chinar 9Jawan Club at Nagam provided for the local youth under Army’s Sadbhavan programme.
He said the club, which was started in 2014 with multiple facilities, has been providing different opportunities of employment to the youth.



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