Army Chief Bipin Rawat, in an attempt to instil confidence in his men, defended the actions of Major Leetul Gogoi who had used an alleged stone-pelting youth as a human shield for the army's operation.
Major Gogoi was awarded the Army Chief's Commendation Card for his anti-insurgency operations.
His actions had created a stir among human rights activists and Kashmiri groups.
Army defends human shield decision
Fight dirty wars with innovation, says Rawat
"This is a proxy war and proxy war is a dirty war...The rules of engagements are there when the adversary comes face-to-face and fights with you. It is a dirty war.... That is where innovation comes in. You fight a dirty war with innovations."
A Rashtriya Rifles quick-reaction team reportedly received an SOS from ITBP and J&K police personnel surrounded by stone-pelters on polling day, April 9.
After arriving, they caught hold of one of them, Farooq Ahmad Dar, and tied him to the front of the jeep with a warning for miscreants written on paper, strapped on his waist.
He was later handed over to police.
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Rawat defends move, says he stands with his men
"People are throwing stones at us, people are throwing petrol bombs at us. If my men ask me what do we do, should I say, just wait and die? I have to maintain the morale of my troops who are operating there."
Rawat says people must fear Army
Clarifying his stance, he said "We are a friendly army, but when we are called to restore law and order, people have to be afraid of us."