Kashmir is treading on the right track: Lt Gen BS Raju

Lt Gen BS Raju

Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): A beautiful environment is prevailing in Kashmir and the region is treading on the right track, Indian Army’s Srinagar-based 15 Corps commander (Chinar Corps), Lt Gen BS Raju said today.

He, however, warned the terrorists of tough action but promised “smooth return” for those willing to quit militancy and starting a life afresh.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of Yusmarg festival in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district, General officer Commanding (GoC) Raju said that whosoever is holding guns in his hands will face tough action from the Army.

“However, those willing to return by shunning the path of violence are welcome. We will facilitate their smooth return. I appeal to the youth ready to quit militancy to return as environment is feasible to start a new and peaceful life,” he said. “Militancy has given nothing to Kashmir.”

Speaking about the situation in south Kashmir, the GoC said, “Situation in south Kashmir is normal. Economic activities are picking up there. Apple trade is also picking. If Covid-19 subsides, I am sure schools will also re-open there.”

On the overall situation in Kashmir, the top Army officer said there is an environment of peace prevailing in the region. “I think we are on the right track,” he said. “There is a beautiful environment in Kashmir valley.”

Talking about the situation on LoC, GoC Raju said that this year, the Army has been able to plug the infiltration to a large extent. “Ahead of snowfall and winter, the attempts may increase, but our men are maintaining a tight vigil to foil all bids,” he said.

GoC Raju further said that the Indian Army organizes Yusmarg festival every year. “Today, the participation of people is more compared to previous years.”

“I can see doctors, and some NGOs too participating while youth are showcasing their talent. A drug-de-addiction camp has also been set up today, where youth can get medicine and free counselling,” he said and thanked the parents and youth who have participated in the festival.

-CHK