NEW DELHI : Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday reviewed the security situation in Kashmir during his first visit after taking office over the weekend. Singh was accompanied by the Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, and the Northern Army Commander, Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh.

They were received by Lieutenant General K J S Dhillon who heads the Chinar Corps, in Srinagar.

Singh was briefed in detail about the situation on the Line of Control and other parts of Kashmir besides anti-terrorist operations, a defence spokesman said in a statement.

He said the minister Singh was apprised of "the synergy and close coordination among all government agencies for bringing back normalcy in the region."

Singh was also told of the preparations underway for the smooth conduct of the upcoming Amarnath Yatra.

Praising the "valour, sacrifice and patriotic fervour of every soldier serving in these challenging situations for national integrity," Singh said the country was proud of its soldiers. He urged the security personnel to ensure safety of innocent people while dealing firmly with the inimical elements, the defence spokesman added.

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