Army Chief General Bipin Rawat Talking About Usage of ‘Human Shield’

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Till now everyone must be aware of the incident where Major Leetul Gogoi used a Kashmiri man as a human shield, as that incident was the most debated incident in the month of April and had divided the general population into two, the one who supported Major Gogoi and the others who criticised Gogoi. He received a lot of criticism for his act of tying a Kashmiri man to the bonnet of an army jeep and parading him through villages on the day by-polls were held for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat.In the reference of the same incident, Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat said that, “use of human shield is not a norm but individual officers are entitled to decide tactics depending on circumstances.”

While talking about the criticism, he faced he faced for his remarks defending Gogoi for tying a civilian to the bonnet of an army jeep for a safe passage through a crowd of stone-pelters in the Valley, he said that, ” major Leetul Gogoi took a decision independently. He can’t look back at that stage and wait for orders. I think in his own wisdom he took the action.” He also added that,“if somebody has any other ideas as to how to tackle such a situation, then he can pass it on to us. We will take a look at it.”

He also said India was ready for “two-and-a-half front war” in a reference to Pakistan, China and internal security threats.

The chief, who served the border state extensively, rejected reports of Kashmiris being “angry” with the army. He also said that’ ” Situation in Kashmir would normalise soon and was not as bad was being made out in the media.”

While talking about the conditions in valley he told IANS that, ““Violence had come down after 2011-12. What have the army or security forces done (to evoke anger)? Army cannot be faulted for the killing of Burhan Wani. Something is happening behind the scene, someone is instigating people.”

“Pakistan is spreading disinformation among the youth of Kashmir with doctored videos and messages…,” Rawat told ANI.

Security forces and installations have come under increased attacks in the Valley as well as the line of control, the de facto border between India and Pakistan.

The army chief said the force regularly raised the issue of modernisation with the government and it was going well.

The Indian military, which needs to scale up capabilities to keep pace with China’s defence modernisation, is in the process of acquiring big weapons and systems.

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