More Central Forces Being Deployed In Kashmir: Report

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New Delhi- The government of India has decided to deploy additional central forces in Kashmir Valley following a spurt in militant attacks, especially after the killing of a Kashmiri Pandit employee in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district last week, reports said Thursday.

Quoting sources, New Delhi based IANS reported that around 15,000 additional para-military force personnel will be deployed soon to tackle the security situation in the Valley and provide better security cover to the people there.

This, the report said, will be in addition to the forces which will be deployed for the upcoming Amarnath Yatra.

The report said that the decision to deploy more central forces came after Union Home Minister Amit Shah reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir in high-level meetings held Tuesday in New Delhi.

The meeting was attended by Lt Governor Manoj Sinha, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Chief of Army Staff Gen Manoj Pande, and senior officials of the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration.

In the meetings, Shah asked security forces to ensure zero cross-border infiltration to “wipe out terrorism” in the union territory.

“It is learnt that the Home Minister was unhappy over the handling of the security situation in J&K and asked the intelligence grid to provide more specific information of terrorists and to go for a coordinated counter-terror operations based on the specific intelligence inputs,” the report said.

Quoting sources, the report also said that the recent killings of minority community members have created fear among them and therefore, it was important to provide fool-proof security shield to all and to initiate counter-militancy operations quickly.

“The terror threat also looms over the Amarnath Yatra which commences on June 30 after a hiatus of two years, so, the security agencies need to work in tandem,” sources told IANS.

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