Kashmir/ Only 10,000 troops to be deployed in valley, says Home Ministry; Air Force, Army ordered to remain on alert

Srinagar: The government has said only 10,000 troops (100 companies) of security forces are in the process of being stationed in Jammu and Kashmir. The government has rejected speculations that 25,000 troops are being deployed in the valley.

The security forces, mostly Central Reserve Police Force personnel, are being deployed in sensitive spots in Srinagar and other parts of the valley.

According to the Home Ministry, the help of Air Force C-17 Globmaster aircraft is being taken to bring and carry 100 companies of security forces. The government ordered the air force and the army to stay on high alert on Friday. Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has also reached Srinagar to review the security arrangements.

All major entry and exit points of the city have been taken over by armed forces: All major entry and exit points of the city have been taken over by the Central Armed Paramilitary Forces with a token presence of local police.

Security withdrawn from some isolated shrines

Officials said that security has been withdrawn from some isolated shrines because of intelligence inputs that foreign terrorists are planning to target police guard there.

Summer vacations have been preponed at educational institutions and they will be closed for 10 days starting Thursday, they said.

Some langars for the Amarnath Yatra have also been closed, they added.

Local residents have started panic-buying essentials as they are linking the deployment of forces to the apprehension of deterioration in the law and order situation.

10000 additional jawans were sent after visit of Doval

The Modi government had sent about 10,000 additional jawans in the valley almost a week ago. This decision was taken after national Security Advisor Ajit Doval returned from the Jammu-Kashmir visit. Then the Home Ministry had said that the forces of security forces are being deployed to strengthen counter-insurgency operations and law and order duties.

Governor said- No plan to remove Article 35A

On Wednesday, the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Satyapal Malik, had dismissed speculation about the removal of Article 35A from Kashmir. Last week, the leaders of Jammu and Kashmir including Farooq Abdullah also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Earlier, he had discussed the current situation of the valley in an all-party meeting.