Srinagar: Indian Army Chief of Staff Bipin Rawat, on Sunday, defended the "human shield" incident in Kashmir and said the unrest in the state needs a composite solution.
"I would have been happy if the protesters were firing weapons at the armed forces instead of throwing stones," he said, speaking of the particular way, the protesters attack the armed forces personnel in the valley.
"When people are throwing stones and petrol bombs at us, I cannot tell my men 'just wait and die'," he said.
"Kashmir needs a composite solution, everybody will have to get involved," Rawat told PTI.
Defending the human shield incident, he said such innovative ways are needed to fight the "dirty war" in Kashmir.
Recently, the successor of Burhan Wani, Sabzar Bhat, was also shot dead by the Indian army. Reports of altercations between the armed forces of two nations have been at an all time high now, with infiltrations bids and ceasefire violations.