SRINAGAR In a significant development, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has approved the sanction for deployment of 100 additional companies of government forces in the State in a bid to strengthen the counter insurgency grid and to maintain law and order situation, an official order reveals.
“In order to strengthen the counter insurgency grid as well as for maintaining law and order situations in Jammu and Kashmir, deployment of additional 100 companies of Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPFs), will be made in J&K, the order reads.
Confirming the news, a senior police official said that the MHA has granted formal sanction for the deployment of additional forces after getting the consent from the Union Minister for Home Amit Shah.
It was in the pipe-line and today we have got the formal approval. The additional forces are for the maintaining law and order and to strengthen the counter insurgency grid in the State, he said, wishing not to be named.
Out of 100, 50 companies will be deployed from the CRPF, followed by 10 from BSF, 30 from SSB and 10 from ITBP.
This development comes just a few days after National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval visited Kashmir to review the security arrangements where he had meetings with top officers of security forces and intelligence agencies in Srinagar.
The deployment of 100 additional companies of forces on an urgent basis in Jammu and Kashmir has sparked speculations here.
Though the Centre has not given any specific reasons behind the deployment except that they will augment the security grid rumours are rife that the BJP government is likely to scrap Articles 370 and 35A within the first 100 days of its governance.
Reacting over this issue, former CM Omar Abdullah tweeted: Its surprising, to say the least, that instead of calming tempers and reassuring people in the Valley, a large section of the administration is busy trying to scare people to expect massive unrest and trouble after August 15.