No need to misinterpret Army chief's statement, says Kiren Rijiju

There should be action against the stone pelters and whoever works against national interest as national interest is supreme, says Rijiju

No need to misinterpret Army chief

Saying that country’s interest is supreme, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday defends Army Chief Bipin Rawat's statement on tough action against those creating hurdles during anti-terror operations in Kashmir.

Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, Rijiju said:"There should be action against the stone pelters and whoever works against national interest as national interest is supreme."

The union minister’s statement came a day after General Rawat on Wednesday said hostile conduct of locals was causing higher casualties in the Kashmir Valley and those attacking security forces during anti-militancy operations will be treated as "anti-nationals" and will face "tough action".


"Whatever the Army Chief has said, he has said that in national interest. There is no need to misinterpret it. There is is nothing wrong in the Army Chief's statement," Rijiju said.

“I would not like to comment on the routine law and order matters,” Rijiju replied when asked about the prevailing security situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

General Rawat's statement came a day after four army personnel, including a Major, were killed in two separate encounters in the Kashmir Valley. Four terrorists were also killed in the encounters on Tuesday.