Pakistan spreading ‘disinformation’ in Kashmir, says Gen Rawat; Army Major falls from mule, dies in Katra

Gen Bipin Rawat

Srinagar: Indian army chief, Gen Bipin Rawat, on Thursday alleged that Pakistan was using social media to “foment trouble” in Jammu and Kashmir.

He, however, added, “the situation in Kashmir would normalise soon.”

He also said that Indian army was ready for “two-and-a-half front war”, referring to Pakistan, China and internal security threats.

Early this morning, Indian army claimed that three suspected militants were killed while its army man was killed during a gun fight along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district.

Generals’ statement comes at a time when Kashmir is witnessing fresh round of pro-freedom protests, with youngsters clashing with armed forces almost every day.

“Pakistan is spreading disinformation among the youth of Kashmir with doctored videos and messages. This is further supported by some of the people in the Valley who spread it and glamorise the young boys who have joined terrorist organisations,” Rawat said.

In Anantnag district today, the Indian Army personnel from 3 RR launched a cordon and search operation (CASO) in Pahalgam area, however, people resisted it and army left the area.

Meanwhile, a Major rank officer of Indian army was killed on way to Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu region.

Identified as Major Pardeep Singh, 36, he died after falling off a mule at Ardhkuwari en route Vaishno Devi shrine this morning.

He is son of Brigadier Kamal Singh Chauhan, who hails from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

Major Singh was posted with 87 Brigade of Indian Army in Udhampur.

After falling from the mule, the people around rushed him to a local dispensary where doctors declared him brought dead on arrival.

He died of head injuries.

Notable to mention, Major Pardeep Singh’s sister Sushma Chauhan, who is an IAS officer, has also served in Jammu and Kashmir at several positions.

Presently under going training in Delhi, he served as deputy commissioner Reasi and director tourism here.

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