Those with separatist feelings have been shown door: Lt Gen BS Raju
Srinagar, Mar 1:
Checking the nefarious designs of India’s adversaries across the Line of
Control and engaging the youth top the agenda of the new commander of the
Army’s strategically located XV Corps Lt Gen B S Raju who believes people
nurturing separatist feelings have been shown the door.
General Baggavalli Somashekar Raju, who took over as the new corps commander on
Sunday from Lt Gen K J S Dhillon, his posting in the Kashmir Valley is like
He had earlier
served as the brigade commander along the LoC and later, led the ”Victor
Force”, a counter-insurgency group of the Army that looks after the
militancy-hit south Kashmir region.
“The Army is
a friend of every civilian and that message has been conveyed aptly by my
predecessor. My every attempt would be to continue this practice,” Lt Gen
Raju told PTI after taking over command of the XV Corps.
On the issue of
militancy, Lt Gen Raju, an NDA alumni from the 1984-batch, said it is too early
for him to comment, but reports show that militants or separatists are not in
control. “I believe that those nurturing separatist feelings have been
shown the door,” he said.
Lt Gen Raju, who
was heading the ”Victor Force” in the aftermath of the neutralisation of the
Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani, is ceased of the matter that some
people were engaged in distracting the youth from their studies.
stint, the Army along with other arms of the government will counter this
menace on top priority,” he said.
earlier stint in Kashmir, Lt Gen Raju had kept children engaged in different
sports and creative activities and shown them that soldiers were on their side.
included the Army launching a series of outreach programmes such as sports and
painting competitions, distributing stationary, taking children on treks with
On situation from
across the border, the commander said there were indications that the Pakistani
army may try to push militants into India. “We are prepared to give them a
befitting reply and defeat their nefarious designs,” Lt Gen Raju asserted.