No clampdown in Kashmir, only communication line of terrorists stopped: Army chief Bipin Rawat
Army chief General Bipin Rawat has said the communication line between terrorists in Kashmir Valley and their handlers in Pakistan has been broken down but there are no such issues for people-to-people communication.
Addressing the media in Chennai, General Rawat said, “There is a communication breakdown between terrorists in the Kashmir Valley and their handlers in Pakistan but there is no communication breakdown among people.”
Kashmir has been put under an unprecedented lock down since August 5, the day Rajya Sabha passed the resolution to scrap Article 370 and bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories.
However, General Rawat said he doesn’t think there is a clampdown in Kashmir.
He said, “You are aware of the ground situation. Terrorists have been kept at bay. We will gradually start releasing pressure on the people. But I don’t agree there is a clampdown. The brick kilns are active. Smoke is seen coming out of the chimneys. Sand is being collected from Jhelum river.”
“The clampdown was made up by terrorists. If you are saying there has been a clampdown for 2 months, how are the people surviving without food and water,” said General Rawat.
Speaking of the ceasefire violations following the Article 370 move, General Rawat said, “Pakistan violates ceasefire to push terrorists into our territory. We know how to deal with ceasefire violations. Our troops know how to position themselves and take action. We are alert and will ensure that maximum infiltration bids are foiled.”
He also added, “I feel the interpretation of Islam by some elements who possibly want to create disruption is being fed to large number of people. I think it is important we have preachers who convey the correct meaning of Islam.”