Amid reports of terrorists trying to revive their activities in Kishtwar area of Jammu,  Lt General Ranbir Singh, Army Commander, Northern Command, accompanied by White Knight Corps Commander Lt General Paramjit Singh, visited the hinterland posts of Kishtwar and Suigarh sector on Thursday to review operational preparedness and the prevailing security situation.

The Army commander exhorted all ranks to remain vigilant to counter the nefarious designs of the inimical and anti-national elements.

Their visit comes following the killing of BJP state secretary and his elder brother by terrorists in Kishtwar town.

During the visit to the sectors, the Army commander was briefed by the commanders on ground about the current operational and prevailing hinterland security situation and the preparedness of the formations in dealing with the same.

The Army Commander was also updated by the White Knight Corps Commander on current internal security situation in the Kishtwar region and measures undertaken by the Army and the civil administration to control the situation.

The Army Commander also interacted with Civil Administration officials at Kishtwar who briefed him on the internal security situation in the region in light of the incident on 1 November when BJP leader Anil Parihar and Ajeet Parihar were killed.

The Army Commander expressed condolences to the bereaved family and lauded the role played by the leaders of the region, elders, local populace and joint efforts of all security forces that helped in maintaining peace in Kishtwar and adjoining areas. The Army Commander was also briefed on the actions being taken to ensure a robust counter terrorist grid to enable continued peace and stability in the region.

The Army Commander interacted with the soldiers and complimented them for their dedication to duty and high standard of professionalism. He also stressed on the need to be prepared for effectively meeting emerging security challenges.