Published On: Sat, Oct 27th, 2018

Stone pelters targeting soldiers are OGW of terrorists: Army Chief Rawat

New Delhi: A day after a young soldier died in south Kashmir’s Anantnag after being hit by stone-pelters during the course of guarding a Border Road Organisation team, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat questioned as to why should people throwing stones not be treated like over-ground workers (OGW) of terrorists.

Army chief said that the Army has got an FIR registred against those responsible for stone pelting

Gen Rawat said this while speaking to mediapersons after paying tribute to soldiers on 72nd Infantry Day.

He said, “the jawan who lost his life after being attacked by stone-pelters was guarding a border roads team, which was constructing roads. And then we have some people saying don’t treat stone-pelters like over ground workers of terrorists.”

The Army chief said that the Army has got an FIR registered against those responsible for stone pelting and warned that strict action will be taken against stone-pelters for attacking soldiers.

General Rawat accused Pakistan of supporting the stone-pelters’. Pakistan is trying to “stall development” in Jammu and Kashmir by “using terror to keep the pot boiling”, said General Rawat.

“Pakistan is fully aware that they can never succeed… terror is another way by them to keep the pot boiling. They want to stall development in Kashmir but the Indian state is strong enough to counter everything, and we are fully capable of carrying out different operations if the Pakistan does not mend its ways,” said the Army chief.

The soldier, Sepoy Rajendra Singh was part of a Quick Reaction Team that was guarding a Border Roads Organisation (BRO) convoy on October 25 on NH-44, when few youths threw stones at the vehicles. Singh was hit on his head. He later died in the hospital. The Jammu and Kashmir police have filed a First Information Report (FIR) against the stone throwers.

“Pakistan is engaged in a proxy war in Jammu and Kashmir and infiltration is being continued by them. Terror camps are being operated and are being supported by the Pakistani army,” said General Rawat.

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