Army Chief Visits Varanasi, Prays For Safety of Soldiers on Border

Army Chief Visits Varanasi, Prays For Safety of Soldiers on Border

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Indian army chief Bipin Rawat visited the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi on 10 November with his family. “I prayed for the safety and security of our jawans on borders,” he said, adding that he had attended the Ganga aarti.

The Army Chief is on a two-day visit in Varanasi to attend the bicentenary celebration of the 9 Gorkha Rifles at 39 Gorkha Training Centre.

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Speaking to reporters, Rawat denied reports about shortage of arms in the Indian Army. “The Army has no shortage of arms. We have to keep modernising weapons, arms as the technology is upgrading, and we are trying to bring in new and modernised technique ones in our Army,” he said.

On incidents of stone-pelting in Kashmir, he said: “Stone pelting incidents have come down to some extent. The Army, the Border Security Force (BSF), the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the Jammu and Kashmir Police are working together in the state”.

Earlier in the week, the Army Chief nominated Field Marshal KM Cariappa for the Bharat Ratna. Talking about the same, he said: “Final decision depends on the Government, whatever is decided will be acceptable.”

On Doklam, Rawat said that the force’s efforts “to ensure that the situation is normal,” are on.

(With inputs from ANI)

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