Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visits Siachen Glacier, interacts with soldiers

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday visited Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battlefield in Ladakh region, and interacted with soldiers.

Official sources said Mr Singh, on a maiden visit to state after assuming the charge as Defence Minister, visited Siachen glacier on Monday.

“During his visit, he interacted with jawans at forward post,” they said, adding the Defence Minister paid tributes to fallen soldiers at Siachen War Memorial.

They said Mr Singh also interacted with the jawans at Siachen base camp.

Mr Singh will visit the summer capital of the state, where he will be briefed about the overall security situation in the Kashmir valley at the headquarters of 15 Corps Badami Bagh , Srinagar.        

They said Mr Singh will be informed about the situation on the Line of Control (LoC) and the measures taken to prevent any infiltration from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK).

He will be briefed about the recent encounters in the Kashmir valley, where over 100 militants, including some top commanders, were killed by security forces during the first five months of 2019. However, over 50 security force personnel have also lost their lives in these encounters during the period.

He will later fly back to Delhi. This will be the first visit of Mr Singh outside the national capital after assuming office as Defence Minister.

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