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HT Correspondent

ITANAGAR, Nov 7: Union Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday cautioned jawans not to believe what appears in social media.

While interacting with troops along the Line of Actual control at Hayuliang in Arunachal Pradesh, she advised them to stay away from negative news appearing about forces in Facebook and Twitter.

Sitharaman also reiterated government’s commitment to give latest weapons like AK47 to all jawans manning border posts.

Earlier in the day, the Union Minister undertook a tour of the forward areas in Dau- Delai and Lohit Valleys on Wednesday. She first overflew the forward most post of Rochcham near India – China border and thereafter visited Hayuliang.

At the forward post, the Defence Minister celebrated Diwali, distributed sweets among the troops and wished them prosperity and happiness.

She appreciated the zeal, enthusiasm and dedication of the troops who are stationed in these high mountainous areas and ensuring the sanctity of Indian borders.

At Hayuliang, the Defence minister was accompanied by Lieutenant General M M Naravane and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Command and Lieutenant General Gopal R, General Officer Commanding Spear Corps.

In a video, uploaded on the official Twitter handle of the Defence minister on Wednesday, Sitharaman is seen interacting with Army jawans at Hyulong in Arunachal Pradesh and distributing sweets among them on the occasion of Diwali – a festival of lights.

Sitharaman was greeted by village elders of the local Mishmi tribe of Hyulong, who conferred their blessings on the occasion of Diwali. They also felicitated her with a traditional shawl.

The Defence minister who is on a two-day visit to the northeast, on Tuesday celebrated Diwali with army personnel and their families, distributed sweets among Army jawans at Dinjan in Dibrugarh.

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