Indian Army Prepared for any Escalations at the LoC says, General Bipin Rawat

In the backdrop of increasing ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Line of Control since the removal of Article 370 in the month of August the Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat on December 18 said, “the situation along the Line of Control could escalate any time and the Indian Army is always ready for escalation matrix.”

Crux of the Matter
  • Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy had informed the Lok Sabha that 950 incidents of ceasefire violation along the LoC from across the border in Jammu and Kashmir were reported during August 2019 to October 2019. 
  • News sources suggest that Pakistan’s Border Action Teams (BAT) are attempting to target Indian security personnel on a regular basis along the LoC. 
  • The BAT generally comprises special forces personnel of the Pakistani Army and terrorists. Pakistan is carrying out BAT operations at an interval of 3-4 days.
  • General Rawat’s term ends on December 31 and he is likely to be appointed India’s first Chief of Defence Staff. Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane will succeed him. 
  • The situation in Jammu and Kashmir has been brought under control to a large extent and the security situation in the state is being closely monitored by the military. 

The Line of Control refers to the military control line between the Indian and Pakistani controlled parts of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir—a line which does not constitute a legally recognized international boundary but serves as the de facto border. Originally known as the Cease-fire Line, it was redesignated as the “Line of Control” following the Simla Agreement, which was signed on 3 July 1972. The part of the former princely state that is under Indian control is known as the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Pakistani-controlled part is divided into Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit–Baltistan. The northernmost point of the Line of Control is known as NJ9842. More Info

Army Chief’s Chopper Crash Lands; All Safe

The army’s Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) with Lt Gen Ranbir Singh and seven others on board was on a sortie from Udhampur to Poonch when it developed a technical snag, according to a source. All passengers were safe after the crash landing. A civilian, who was hit by a flying part of the choppe suffered some stitches on his leg.

ITBP Celebrates 58th Raising Day

58th Raising Day of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) was celebrated at ITBP’s Headquarter in Greater Noida. The parade showcased valour and courage of various contingents and also of the brave four-legged soldiers. Home Affairs Minister G Kishan Reddy presided over the ceremony and took the salute of the Raising Day Parade

Crux of the Matter
  • The Contingents of the Force include women, Commando, Skiing, mountaineering and paratroopers as well as dog squads & mounted columns. 
  • The parade showcased different aspects of the Force, including recently inducted machines and equipment, snow scooters, all-terrain vehicles, different high-end SUVs, Pol Net and various communication and surveillance equipment.
  • The Indo-Tibetian Border Police is one of the seven Central Armed Police Forces of India, raised in 1962, under the CRPF Act in the wake of the Sino-Indian War of 1962. The ITBP was intended for deployment along India’s border with Tibet.

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) was raised on 24 October 1962 in the wake of Chinese aggression on Indo-China border. Every year, this day is celebrated as the raising/ foundation day of the force to commemorate the valor and achievements of the ITBP and to boost the morale of the force personnel. The ITBP was initially raised for reorganizing the frontier intelligence, preventing illegal intrusion & smuggling and security set up along the Indo-Tibetan border as a guerilla force. Consequent upon the expansion of the Force, the ITBP was also entrusted with the additional tasks from time to time in addition to border security duty, counter-insurgency duty and internal security duties. More Info