‘Any­one pick­ing up arms against state is a ter­ror­ist’

In a snub to er­rant politi­cians, Lt Gen­eral Anbu says the army doesn’t com­mu­nalise its troops as it re­spects all re­li­gions and lives to­gether for the na­tion

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - REGION - Ravi Kr­ish­nan Kha­juria ravi.kha­juria@hin­dus­tan­times.com


Re­cu­per­at­ing from Sun­juwan ter­ror at­tack that left six sol­diers and a civil­ian dead, the North­ern Army Com­mand chief Lt Gen Devraj Anbu on Wed­nes­day said that any­one who picked up arms against the state was a ter­ror­ist and the Army knows how to deal with them.

In an ap­par­ent snub to politi­cians and with­out nam­ing AIMIM chief Asadud­din Owaisi, who tried to give com­mu­nal colour to the sac­ri­fices of sol­diers in Sun­juwan and Karan Na­gar at­tacks in Jammu and Sri­na­gar, he said, “We don’t com­mu­nalise our troops.”

Re­spond­ing to me­dia queries at the North­ern Com­mand head­quar­ters in the gar­ri­son town of Ud­ham­pur, Lt Gen Anbu said, “The huge pres­ence of peo­ple of Kash­mir (in the fu­neral of sol­dier Mo­hammed Ashraf Mir) on Tues­day was a tes­ti­mony in con­tra­dic­tion for all who wanted to com­mu­nalise the army.”

The North­ern Com­mand chief said that the In­dian Army re­spects all re­li­gions.

He re­gret­ted that the peo­ple who don’t know in­ter­nal func­tion­ing of the army were the ones mak­ing such state­ments.


On Ma­jor Aditya Ku­mar of 10 Garhwal, against whom the PDP-BJP gov­ern­ment has reg­is­tered an FIR in Shopian killings, he said that the FIR has not dented the morale of his troops, “not even a bit”.

The Supreme Court, it may be stated here, has stayed the FIR for 15 days after Ma­jor Aditya’s fa­ther moved the apex court.

“Our in­ten­tions are very clear. I think our deeds are there to speak (for them­selves). Last year, we haven’t found even a sin­gle case of hu­man right vi­o­la­tions tak­ing place,” he said.


When asked about whether the tit for tat re­sponse to Pak­istan Army on the LoC was pay­ing off, he said that op­er­a­tions along the LoC were quite com­plex, chal­leng­ing and dy­namic.

Lt Gen Anbu said that in fact, the In­dian ap­proach has been very proac­tive since the Uri army base at­tack.

“There­fore you don’t come to know the dam­age we have done across (the LoC). Our ad­ver­sary doesn’t ac­cept the ca­su­al­ties. I read it in one of the pa­pers or on­line that 192 sol­diers of ad­ver­sary were killed. As for as our con­ser­va­tive es­ti­mates we in­flicted three times more ca­su­al­ties on them. I as­sure you that we will not be cowed down by fi­day­een at­tacks,” he said.

“As many as 185-220 mil­i­tants in the south and 190-225 mil­i­tants north of Pir Pan­jal range are ready for in­fil­tra­tion from across the LoC,” Lt Gen Anbu in­formed.

He also said that ter­ror out­fits Jaish-e-Mo­hammed, Hizbul Mu­jahideen and Lashkar-eTaiba were hand-in-glove with each other.

Lt Gen Anbu sug­gested that three things needed to be fo­cussed upon to curb mil­i­tancy; first to stop in­fil­tra­tion, sec­ond to elim­i­nate anti-na­tion­als in the hin­ter­land and third to ar­rest rad­i­cal el­e­ments.

To deal with stone-pelt­ing, Lt Gen Anbu added, “We have de­vised a method where CRPF and po­lice deal with stone-pel­ters so that the army car­ries out its counter-in­sur­gency op­er­a­tions.”

On the is­sue of se­cur­ing army in­stal­la­tions in the back­drop of at­tacks on army armed forces base camps, he said, “So far ₹364 crore have been spent on se­cu­rity gad­gets by the army to for­tify its large num­ber of small units.”


Lt Gen Anbu also pre­sented gal­lantry awards to the of­fi­cers and other ranks in a solemn and im­pres­sive in­vesti­ture cer­e­mony at Ud­ham­pur.

He pre­sented 39 Sena Medals (gal­lantry) in­clud­ing two post­hu­mous awards to of­fi­cers and sol­diers .

He also pre­sented ‘Unit Ap­pre­ci­a­tion’ to 26 units for their over­all out­stand­ing per­for­mance in the Com­mand The­atre last year.

Gen­eral Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing­in­Chief Lt Gen Devraj Anbu pre­sent­ing a gal­lantry award to the fam­ily mem­ber of a mar­tyred sol­dier in Ud­ham­pur on Wed­nes­day. HT PHOTO

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