Rushing To Operations Sometimes Leads To Higher Casualty Rate: Army Chief Bipin Rawat

| January 12 , 2018 , 15:16 IST

The past year witnessed swift retributions by the Indian Army to excursions along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, most recently when Indian commandos crossed the LoC to kill 3 Pakistani soldiers after the death of an Indian Army Major and 3 Jawans.

Although swift retributions are lauded by the public, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat termed "rushing to Ops" a "worrisome phenomenon" connecting them to higher casualty rates.

"Becoming a worrisome phenomenon that people are just rushing to Ops to get success & at time taking risks well beyond their capacities. Why are they taking risks? They are more concerned about tasks at hand to get success, that is why sometimes it is leading to higher casualty rate," said the Army Chief in New Delhi.

"In 2017, our focus of the operations was in South Kashmir. This year it will shift to North Kashmir's Baramulla, Pattan, Handwara, Kupwara, Sopire and Lolab and some northern areas of Bandipore so that the infiltration can be thwarted there," General Rawat said.

"We need to have capacities to ensure that ammunition can move from one sector to another and we are focusing on it. We also need to build capacity to move forces from western sector to northern sectors," he added.

"Yes, China is exerting pressure. We are dealing with it. Yes we should try that it is not escalated. We will not allow our territory to intruded. Troops are earmarked, should a situation arise our troops are ready to cater," said the Army chief.

"If things had escalated, we were prepared to handle the situation. We are continuously manning the border," he said regarding the Doklam standoff.

"We need modern weapons and technology. We have to look at what we require to fight the future wars. We have to get systems that are best suited for our requirements," General Rawat said.

"We are concerned about cyber and information warfare. We have to have good firewalls and systems," said Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat in Delhi.