Army has sent one additional brigade of around 3, 500 army men including three infantry battalions to south Kashmir, which is the epicentre of the present unrest, to bring back the situation under control, particularly in rural pockets. However, the army will not handle the protestors directly but for anti-militancy operations, sources said.
This decision of army’s deployment was taken after the visit of Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag who reviewed the security scenario in the valley few days ago.
As per police sources, security forces in the valley appealed the government for deployment of army in these areas as the security forces are busy with protestors and several militants’ related operations are pending with the deployment of army in these areas these operations will be taken up.
Sources said, “After reviewing the security scenario of the valley, taking the situation in south Kashmir seriously, General Suhag deployed additional army of about 3, 500 at sensitive places in south Kashmir.”
One additional brigade has been moved to south Kashmir and more is coming. Though the additional Army would not be handling the protesters directly, sources said the personnel had been deployed in four districts of Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian for anti-militancy operations. They have also been tasked with area domination and round-the-clock patrolling, sources said.
“Along with the Army men who are already deployed in these area, additional Army battalions will be engaged in counter-insurgency operations. These will help in bringing back overall situation to normalcy as protests in south Kashmir are militant-driven,” sources said.
The police and other security agencies have been blaming militants for fanning the over two-month unrest following the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani.
“The militants have taken maximum advantage of situation and they have been able to consolidate themselves as the entire counter-militancy operation has been put on a halt,” said police.