It’s Routine; Awaiting 100 More As ‘Replacement’: DGP

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SRINAGAR — A day after Union Home Ministry ordered deployment of 100 additional companies of paramilitary Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) in Kashmir, CRPF on Saturday termed it as routine induction and said that there was nothing special in it.

“Induction (of forces) is a continuous process and as and when the need is felt to strengthen the law and order grid and also anti-militancy front (more forces are inducted). In the past we also had the induction. It is a routine induction and nothing special in it,” IG CRPF Dr Ravideep Sahi told report on the sidelines of a function here in connection with the raising day of the paramilitary forces.

The deployment of 100 additional companies of CAPFs comes barely a day after the conclusion of National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval’s two-day visit to Kashmir. The deployment of more paramilitary forces on an urgent basis has sparked speculations here even as Centre has not given any specific reasons behind it.  The rumours are rife that the BJP government was likely to scrap Articles 370 and 35A within the first 100 days of its governance and rushing more forces is likened with it. 

Also Director General of Police Dilbag Singh had said that 200 additional companies of CAPFs were sought from the Union Home Ministry.

“They have agreed to give 100 additional companies. We are quite confident to get another 100 additional companies for the State soon to further beef-up security arrangements and give boost to the Counter-Insurgency Grid,” Dilbag said was quoted as saying by a Jammu-based newspaper.

However,  he termed the additional troop deployment as a usual security exercise. “There is nothing extraordinary in it. It is a usual exercise,” J&K Police DGP Dilbagh Singh said.

Reacting over this issue, former CM Omar Abdullah tweeted: “It’s 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.”

Meanwhile the IG CRPF said the overall situation in the valley including south Kashmir was “under control.” 

“Overall I would say that the situation is under control. The militancy activities have shown a downward trend and similarly the stone pelting incidents have come down. This is a result of the coordinated efforts of the various security forces,” he added. 

 


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