In a major development, Centre has deployed additional forces in the state of Jammu and Kashmir to deal with anti-national elements. Republic TV has accessed district-wise data of deployment of forces. Sources have told that anti-national elements specially in the Kashmir valley can be taken into preventive custody during trouble times. Sources also said known stone pelters, repeated offenders, some local politicians are also on the radar of the Centre.
The forces will be deployed in order to strengthen counter-insurgency operations and law and order duties there. Sources also said to Republic TV that in a step to solve problems in the Kashmir valley, 100 companies of para military forces will be deployed in the valley. Sources also said that a total of 400 people will be deployed in the valley. Sources also said that there will be a curb on social media as well. While the Union home ministry has ordered the deployment of 100 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) on July 25 on an "immediate" basis, more 400 will be deployed in later phases. One CAPF battalion has about 1,000 personnel.
Earlier the officials said that the latest units will be drawn from the CRPF (50 companies), SSB (30) and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Border Security Forces (BSF) will contribute 10 each. It is understood that the new units will reinforce the strength of the security forces already present in the valley who are conducting the annual Amarnath Yatra and carrying out counter-terrorism operations daily. The troops will be addition to about 65 regular battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force in the valley and over 20 other battalions of other forces deployed to conduct the yatra that will end on August 15.
Meanwhile, former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir has condemned the centre on deployment of personnel. While the PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti has called it fear-mongering and has added that Jammu and Kashmir's problem will not be solved by military means, NC leader Omar Abdullah has calimed it to be a lie.