SRINAGAR – Authorities have started a process for withdrawing additional forces from Kashmir which were called to maintain law and order situation in view of abrogation of special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Police sources told a local news gathering agency that 29 companies of paramilitary forces have been withdrawn from Kashmir and the process to withdraw more additional forces is on cards.
The paramilitary forces which have been withdrawn so far include companies of CRPF, BSF and SSB.
Around one hundred additional paramilitary forces were called and deployed in different areas of Kashmir few days before the Modi government announced of withdrawing Article 370 which granted special status to erstwhile state of J&K.
Kashmir was also put under complete communication blockade since August 4 late evening, few hours before the bill to abrogate special status was presented in the Parliament.
Authorities had apprehensions of “major law and order” problems and additional forces were deployed in most of areas, with special attention paid to sensitive areas.
Though, authorities maintained that no curfew was imposed anywhere, however, the curfew like restrictions were put on place in major towns and sensitive areas.
Government of India has maintained that not a single bullet was fired post August 5, nor any protests erupted in Kashmir.
In Parliament, the Union Government has maintained that normalcy has returned in Kashmir.
Prepaid mobile services and all internet services are still suspended in Kashmir since August 4 late evening while partial shutdown continues on day 127 on December 9, 2019. (KNT)