Jammu & Kashmir

Army chief to visit Jammu to review ongoing military ops in Rajouri-Poonch

Armed forces personnel patrol near a military operation site in Jammu and Kashmir. [FPK File Photo/ Qayoom Khan]

Jammu: Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Pande will visit Jammu on Monday to review ongoing military operations in Rajouri and Poonch sectors, where five army personnel were killed in a militant attack.

Official sources said that General Pande will review the situation that prevailed amid the ongoing  operations in the Poonch and Rajouri sectors.

His visit comes after army personnel were killed and others were injured in an ambush by militants on two Indian Army vehicles in Poonch on December 21.

Earlier, in the day the army paid tributes to slain Naik Birender Singh, Rifleman Gautam Kumar, Naik Karan Kumar, and Rifleman Chandan Kumar, during a wreath-laying ceremony in Rajouri.

General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi led the wreath-laying ceremony at a military camp where their mortal remains were shifted.

Lt Gen Dwivedi interacted with the next of kin of the slain. Later, their mortal remains were sent to their hometowns in Uttarakhand, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh.

Meanwhile, a search operation to track down the militants continues near the attack scene. Officials said a massive search operation continued in Surankote and nearby Thanamandi forest area of Rajouri for the 5th day today.

Following the attack, three civilians also died after they were picked up by forces for questioning with government and army ordering separate probe into the matter. (KNO)

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