Army Chief meets J-K CM Omar Abdullah, discusses security situation

Jammu, April 23 (ANI): Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh, met Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah at his residence here this evening and discussed the present security situation.

General Singh, who arrived at the headquarters of the army's 16 Corps in Nagrota at the start of a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir earlier in the day, was received by General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Indian Army's Northern Command, Lt. Gen.K.T. Parnaik, UYSM, YSM and 16 Corps commander Lt. Gen. D.S. Hooda.

During his visit, General Singh would review security situation of the region, following the recent Chinese incursion in Ladakh sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

General Singh will chair a meeting at 16-Corps headquarters at Nagrota and then fly to forward areas of Rajouri and Akhnoor sectors, where he will be briefed by the field commanders about the security situation and counter infiltration measures.

Next day, the Army Chief will fly to Doda region and will be briefed by the commanders of counter-insurgency Delta force.

General Singh's visit to the state comes even as the Indian Army has reportedly moved an infantry regiment specializing in mountain warfare to Ladakh's Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector, where the Chinese Army has allegedly intruded into Indian territory, and set up a tented post.

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has also reportedly pitched a tented post opposite to the Chinese post.

While the Chinese foreign ministry continues to deny that its troops have violated the Line of Actual Control with India, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said that flag meetings between the armed forces of the two sides are taking place to resolve the issue at the earliest.

Chinese troops are said to have entered 10 kilometers into Indian territory at a height of 17,000 feet.

An External Affairs Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday that local military commanders of India and China are holding flag meetings on Tuesday to resolve the situation arising out of the incursion by Chinese troops in Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector in Ladakh.

Apart from summoning the Chinese Ambassador to South Block, the Joint Secretary in charge of East Asia in the MEA, Gautam Bambawale, who is heading the India-China Joint Working Mechanism to deal with issues on the boundary from the Indian side, spoke to his counterpart in Beijing last week, and emphasised the need to resolve the issue.

Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai had summoned Chinese Ambassador Wei Wei to South Block and stressed on the need for resolving the issue, the sources said.

The Chinese side said they will look into the issue and respond accordingly. However, when contacted the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi reiterated the comments made by their Foreign Ministry spokesperson in Beijing yesterday. (ANI)