The Army Chief, who was in Kashmir a day ahead of the visit of Home Minister Rajnath Singh, travelled to south Kashmir, the epicentre of the ongoing unrest, and was briefed by officials about the situation there.

"Following his previous visit only a month ago, the Chief of Army Staff was in the Valley again for review of the security situation," an army official said. He appreciated the professionalism with which the troops had been operating in full synergy with other security and civil agencies to keep the situation under control, the official said.

"The Army Chief impressed upon everyone to uphold human rights and exercise maximum possible restraint while dealing with the protesting mobs," the official said.

The General also directed to ensure measures ‘to prevent armed terrorists who jeopardise the lives of innocent civilians from moving with impunity’. Lauding the humanitarian steps, General Singh reinforced the need to synergise efforts with all the other stakeholders.

Later, the Army Chief visited the headquarters of the 15 Corps at Badamibagh Cantonment where he was briefed by the Northern Army and Chinar Corps Commanders on the numerous initiatives undertaken by the Army all across the Valley to constructively engage with the people towards their well being and an early return of normalcy.

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