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Kashmiris who support terrorists will be considered anti-national: Indian Army chief

General Bipin Rawat expressed his disappointment about the involvement of local people in terrorist acts. Photograph: (Twitter)

WION New Delhi, India Feb 15, 2017, 01.53 PM (IST)

Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat said on Wednesday that Kashmiris who extended their support to terrorists would be considered anti-national.

The army chief warned that it would not spare those who continued with "acts of terrorism" and displayed flags of ISIS and Pakistan. He also asked the Valley's people to extend their support to the security forces trying to maintain peace in Kashmir.

"People who have picked up arms, the local boys, if they want to continue with such acts of terrorism and display flags of ISIS and Pakistan, then we will treat them as anti-national elements and go helter-skelter for them. Our relentless operations will continue," General Rawat said while paying tribute to the bravehearts of the Handwara and Bandipora encounters.

"Our idea is not kill these young boys, but to bring them into mainstream. But, if they wish to remain in this manner, we will target them with harsher measures," he added.

Expressing his disappointment about the direct or indirect involvement of local people in terrorist acts, General Rawat said such actions were the reason for the high number of casualties among security forces. 

Four army personnel, including a major, lost their lives in two encounters in the Bandipora district and Handwara in Kupwara district of North Kashmir yesterday (February 14).

The injured included three officers and three civilians. Four militants were killed in the encounters.

(WION with inputs from ANI)

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