October 7, 2022

No armyman connected with the people of Kashmir like Gen Rawat did: top commander

Gen Bipin Rawat, who once filled in as the General Officer Commanding of the 19 Infantry Division in Baramulla, had a profound association with individuals of Kashmir, maybe more than some other Army official, said a top Army authority in the Valley.

Lt Gen D P Pandey, who visited Baramulla on Thursday to go to a sympathy meeting coordinated by the Army, said: “The measure of affection, the association that he had with individuals of Uri, individuals of Baramulla and particularly individuals of Kashmir, I don’t think anyone, any military man had.”

Lt Gen Pandey is the General Officer Commanding of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps. “Assuming that you see the DP (Display Picture) of many individuals here, particularly the media people… . I think everybody had an image with him,” he said.
Gen Rawat, who passed on alongside his significant other in a chopper crash in Tamil Nadu, had served in Kashmir in three stretches. He was first an organization leader in Quite a while (Baramulla locale) and later an area administrator of the Army’s 5 Sector situated in Watlab, Sopore. Gen Rawat’s last spell in the Valley was as the General Officer Commanding of the 19 Infantry Division (Dagger division). It was during this spell that Gen Rawat turned out to be near many individuals in Baramulla town.Lt Gen Pandey said even as the Army Chief and Chief of Defense Staff, Gen Rawat would go to calls from individuals of Kashmir. “He (Rawat) used to go to calls from everybody here,” he said. “He would pay attention to their necessities, call me and request that I pay attention to them and help them. I’m certain that more than any other individual, it is the deficiency of individuals of Baramulla.”

Lt Gen Pandey said that the two residencies of Gen Rawat in Baramulla were near his heart. “I’m certain all of you should feel this misfortune like the Indian Army, Armed powers and the entire nation is feeling,” he said. “His (Gen Rawat’s) better half and others were likewise killed and this is an immense misfortune and it will require some investment for us to emerge from this distress.”

The Army said in an explanation that individuals of Machil on the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara area honored Gen Rawat and coordinated a candlelight walk on Thursday. Gen Rawat had visited the Machil area on July 27 this year alongside Brigadier L S Lidder, who was likewise killed in the crash.”The assemblage saved two minutes of quiet for the left spirits and appealed to the Almighty to allow them everlasting harmony,” said the protection representative in an assertion. “Gen Rawat would consistently be recollected by the Kashmiris for his untiring endeavors to guarantee security and to get harmony and steadiness J&K.”

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