Reacting to the deployment of additional troops to the Kashmir Valley, former Jammu-Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah, on Friday, has questioned what situation in Kashmir has mandated this order.
Earlier in the day, sources had reported that additional 25000 paramilitary personnel are being moved to the valley. This is in addition to the Centre's move to deploy 10,000 paramilitary troops in the Kashmir valley. Citing internal security assessment, training and resting troops as the reason for deployment, MHA sources have said:
"Based on the assessment of the internal security situation, training requirements, the need for paramilitary troops to be rotated for rest and recuperation, induction and de-induction of central forces is a continuous and dynamic process."
Since Thursday troops are moving to the state and taking various positions in different states, say sources. Sources added that there will be a curb on social media as well if needed. 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.
Although political parties in the state have started fear-mongering on the status of Article 35 A after troops deployment in the valley, governor Satya Pal Mallik on Wednesday said there is no plan to scrap Article 35A.
The holy Amarnath pilgrimage is also suspended in the valley till August 4 in view of bad weather conditions. Army chief General Bipin Rawat arrived in Srinagar on Thursday to review the security preparations in Kashmir ahead of Independence Day celebrations.
The recently deployed troops are an 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.