Human shield incident `circumstance-based` not `standard operating procedure`: Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat
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Human shield incident `circumstance-based` not `standard operating procedure`: Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat

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Hyderabad: Applauding the soldiers for commendable "human rights record'', Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Saturday said the use of human shield in Kashmir was "circumstances-based" and would not be used as a standard operating procedure. We are doing a "great job" to bring peace in the troubled state, Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat added.

Gen Rawat assured that violence in valley would be contained as it is limited to some part of South Kashmir.

"Security forces and all agencies are doing a great job to bring the situation under control. Some parts of south Kashmir are troublesome. Necessary action is being taken. I don`t think there should be any cause of worry," the Army Chief told reporters after reviewing the combined graduation parade at the Air Force Academy at Dundigal here.

Referring to the April 9 controversy over using a civilian as a human shield against stone-pelters in Kashmir, the General said every action was taken "considering the nature of task that we are expected to carry out under the circumstances".

Asked if he would make using human shields a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), the Army chief remarked that the media was asking a question whose answer is known. "I will ask a counter question. Is media expected to report the truth what will be the answer. You would never say no. You are asking me a question the answer of which is known to you," PTI quoted...

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