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Rijiju defends Rawat

Says Gen spoke in ‘national interest’
New Delhi | Posted : Feb 17 2017 1:06AM | Updated: Feb 16 2017 11:56PM
Rijiju defends Rawat
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Union Minister Kiren Rijiju today endorsed Army Chief Bipin Rawat's statement on tough action against those creating hurdles during anti-terror operations in Kashmir, saying country's interest is supreme.

"There should be action against the stone pelters and whoever works against national interest as national interest is supreme," he told reporters here.

Rijiju's comments came after General Rawat said yesterday that hostile conduct of locals was causing higher casualties in the Kashmir Valley and those attacking security forces during anti-militancy operations will be treated as "anti-nationals" and will face "tough action".

"Whatever the Army Chief has said, he has said that in national interest. There is no need to misinterpret it. There is nothing wrong in the Army Chief's statement," he said.

Asked about the prevailing security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the Minister of State for Home said he would not like to comment on the routine law and order matters. General Rawat's statement came a day after four army personnel, including a Major, were killed in two separate encounters in the Kashmir Valley. PTI