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New defence minister reviews security situation in valley

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SRINAGAR (PTI): Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Monday reviewed security situation in the Kashmir valley during his maiden visit to Srinagar after assuming charge.

Singh was accompanied by the Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, and the Northern Army Commander, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh.

They were received by Lt Gen K J S Dhillon, Chinar Corps Commander in Srinagar.

The defence minister was briefed in detail about the situation on the Line of Control and the hinterland, besides the successful anti-terror operations, a defence spokesperson said.

He said the minister Singh was apprised of "the great synergy and close coordination" among all government agencies for bringing back normalcy in the region.

He was also apprised of the ongoing preparations for smooth conduct of the upcoming Amarnath Yatra.

Lauding the "valour, sacrifice and patriotic fervour of every soldier serving in these challenging situations for national integrity", Singh said the country was proud of its soldiers.

He urged all to continue the good work that they were doing and ensure safety of the innocent people while dealing firmly with the inimical elements, the defence spokesperson added.

The defence minister also impressed upon the commanders to maintain strict vigil along the Line of Control and remain prepared to give a befitting reply to any misadventure from across the border, he added.

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