“Everybody does precautionary deployments. We should not get too concerned about it. As far as the Army and other services are concerned, we have to be always prepared. The assessment is should anything go wrong we are prepared,” Rawat said on the sidelines of an event in Delhi.
The Indian Army anticipates more instances of ceasefire violation by Pakistan and infiltration attempts along the LoC after the government revoked Article 370 and split Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories. “If the adversary has to activate the LoC, that is his choice,” Bipin Rawat said.
“We will stay with the public even after the removal of Article
370. One should know how the Army and the common public used to live together in Jammu and Kashmir in the ’70s and ’80s. We used to meet without guns and if everything stays normal, we will once again go back to having that relationship,” the Army chief said. Intelligence reports suggest that terrorists operating in Kashmir have been instructed by their handlers across the border to maintain a low profile but incite large-scale violence, sources said.