New Delhi: Army chief Bipin Rawat pointed out that another surgical strike across the line of control is indeed to turn off the disturbances in the border by Pakistan terror. On September, the Army chief stressed on the need to “avenge” rather than defend the “barbaric” acts carried out by the Pakistani Army and terrorists against Indian soldiers, saying it was time to “give it back in the same coin”. The Army chief clearly expressed his point after paying tribute at the Amar Jawan Jyoti in the national capital to mark the Infantry Day.

Rawat was speaking on the death of a 22-year-old Sepoy Rajendra Singh, who was part of a Quick Reaction for the security of Border Roads Organisation (BRO) convoy, on Thursday evening. Singh was attacked in an incident of stone-pelting in Anantnag district of South Kashmir.

Rawat said there were some people who ask for stone pelters not to be treated as over ground workers of terrorists. “The jawan, who lost his life after being attacked by stone pelters was guarding a border roads team, which was constructing roads, and then we have some people saying don’t treat stone pelters like OGWs(over ground workers) of terrorists,” he said.

Youth threw stones to the convoy when it reached the Anantnag bypass tri-junction near NH-44, and Singh was injured by a stone that directly hit his head. Singh was provided first aid and was rushed to 92 Base Hospital, but the jawan’s life couldn't be saved. Sepoy Rajendra Singh was from Uttarakhand's Badena village, who joined the army in 2016.

The disturbances in the Kashmir valley has been on the rise. A few incidents that occurred few days ago also took the lives of two other jawans. The Army on Friday paid tribute to him and two other jawans Lance Naik Brajesh Kumar, Sepoy Ngamsiamliana, who were killed in separate anti-terrorist operations in Kashmir valley.