The Centre has issued an order for the deployment of additional 10,000 troops of the paramilitary forces comprising the CRPF, BSF, SSB and ITBP in Jammu and Kashmir in order to strengthen the counter-insurgency grid and for maintaining law and order situation in the state.
The order was issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on July 25.
The order comes after National Security Advisor Ajit Doval visited the valley to take part in the Amarnath Yatra. He also held discussions with senior officials of the state on the security situation in the state.
Slamming the Centre over the move, former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said the decision has created a “fear psychosis” in the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
She further asked the Government to rethink and overhaul its policy.
“Centre’s decision to deploy addnl 10,000 troops in Valley has created fear psychosis in ppl.There’s no dearth of security forces in Kashmir.J&K is a political problem which won’t be solved by military means.GOI needs to rethink&overhaul its policy (sic),” Mufti tweeted.
Centre’s decision to deploy additional 10,000 troops to the valley has created fear psychosis amongst people. There is no dearth of security forces in Kashmir. J&K is a political problem which won’t be solved by military means. GOI needs to rethink & overhaul its policy.
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) July 27, 2019
Recently, the Centre had deployed about 40,000 central paramilitary and state police personnel to secure the 46-day Amarnath Yatra in the state which began on July 1 and will conclude on August 15.
Out of the total number of forces, about 32,000 are specifically meant to guard the pilgrimage to the 3,880-metre-high cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas.
After the Lok Sabha elections, nearly 300 companies of central forces were asked to stay put in the Kashmir valley.
In February, the Centre had deployed 100 companies comprising about 10,000 paramilitary personnel to Kashmir amid a major crackdown on separatists and miscreants following the Pulwama attack.