Jammu and Kashmir administration steps up military deployment across Kashmir due to a surge in militant violence.
The decision to deploy additional security forces in Kashmir came after Union home minister Amit Shah chaired a security review meeting in Srinagar last month. After Shah returned to the national capital, sources said the J&K administration was asked to identify locations for the inbound troops.
A senior official in the J&K administration said the Union government is deploying an additional 50 companies of the Central Reserve Paramilitary Forces (CRPF) and 25 Border Security Forces (BSF) companies in parts of Kashmir. He said the deployment of paramilitary forces has been increased on the directions of the Union home ministry.
Sources said 30 companies drawn from the CRPF and the BSF are being deployed in Srinagar city alone, which was rattled last month by the killings of migrant workers and members of minority communities, including a female Sikh school principal and a prominent Kashmiri Pandit chemist. “The presence of security forces in public places acts as a deterrent for terrorists who may try to carry out sensational attacks,” the official said.
“The (Srinagar) district administration has marked marriage halls in Shatrashahi, Barbar Shah, Nowshehra, Ilahi Bagh, Mal Bagh and other localities which have been or will be soon taken over by troopers,” said a source, adding that additional troops are being deployed in other “volatile districts” of the Valley.
An official statement said the paramilitary force will construct 10 more bases in south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Shopian and Pulwama for which 524 kanal 11 marla state land has been transferred to the CRPF. “The land will be transferred against the payment as per the stamp duty rates notified for 2021. It will provide for safe and proper accommodation to CRPF personnel and their families,” the statement said.
Source: The Drive