LoC infiltration may up number of terrorists in hinterland: Lt Gen Dhillon

Lieutenant General K J S Dhillon, General Officer Commanding, 15 Corps (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

For Lieutenant General K J S Dhillon, General Officer Commanding, 15 Corps, the current tenure in Jammu and Kashmir is his seventh stint since 1988. A Kashmir veteran, he took charge in the Valley on February 10 this year, just four days before the attack on a CRPF convoy that killed 40 in Pulwama. In an interview to The Indian Express, he says that there has been no cross-Line of Control infiltration as is being rumoured in Gulmarg. “I sleep well in the night,” Lt Gen Dhillon says, when asked what worries him when he goes to bed.

It has been a month since the Centre decided to abrogate Article 370 and bifurcate the state into two Union Territories. What is your assessment as we speak today?

Post-August 5, what is news for us? It is peace and no loss of life, which is what Kashmir needs. There has been wonderful synergy between all segments of administration – security and civilian. The atrocities have been only from terrorists and stone-pelters. Maintenance of normalcy has been the objective all along.

How has this coordination worked? What was the mechanism to tackle day-to-day issues in the Valley?

We hold meetings once in two days, and these last for about two to two-and-a-half hours. Initially, these meetings were chaired by the NSA. Nowadays, these meetings are chaired by Advisor to the Governor. Top officials from the police, paramilitary…

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