Day 6: Army chief visits Poonch encounter site, other forward posts; reviews operational preparedness

Announcements made in local masjids; people asked to stay indoors, keep cattle locked

Rajouri, Oct 19: As the anti-militancy operation in Bhata Dhurian forest area in Mendhar sub-division in Poonch district of Jammu region entered sixth day, the army chief General MM Naravane Tuesday visited the encounter site to meet the soldiers on ground zero and to review the operational preparedness in the area of operation (AoP).

Official sources said as the operation is deliberate one due to tough terrain and dense forest, the army chief General M M Naravane visited the forward posts in Rajouri and Poonch districts including the area where anti-militancy operation is going on.

“He took the review of the security situation at the forward posts and also reviewed the operational preparedness,” the official, privy to the army chief’s visit. “He also met the soldiers on ground and took feedback about the ongoing operation in the Bhata-Dhuria area of Poonch.”

Meanwhile, witnesses said that announcements were made from local masjids in areas adjacent to theBhata-Dhuria asking people not to venture out and not to go close to the Nar-Khas forests where encounter is under way. “The residents of these areas were also asked to keep their cattle and livestock safe,” witnesses said. kno

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