BSF back on streets to restore normalcy in Kashmir

Border Security Force (BSF) troops are back on streets to restore normalcy in the Kashmir valley, where 67 people were killed and more than 5000 others were injured in security force firing since July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani and two other militants were killed in an encounter in Anantnag.

We have just returned after performing Amarnath yatra duty which concluded on August 18, said a group of BSF personnel deployed in the civil lines in the summer capital Srinagar today.

CRPF and local police are alleged to have used excessive force since July 9 against the demonstrations in the Kashmir valley, where life remained crippled due to curfew, restrictions on assembly of people and strike for the 45 day today.

Reports of deployment of BSF were also received from other parts in the valley, where situation is being described back to 90s when thousands of people were holding rallies and participating in “freedom marchs”. Massive rallies are being conducted almost daily by people who are defying curfew and restrictions in the valley.

A BSF spokesman confirmed that personnel from the force have been deployed in the Kashmir valley, including Srinagar, to maintain law and order. However, he said, details about how many companies are being deployed was being collected

In early 90s CRPF and state police personnel were deployed for counter insurgency operations in the valley following eruption of militancy. However, after CRPF was allegedly involved in many firing incidents on processions, including at Gaw Kadal, Bijbehara, funeral procession of Mirwaiz Moulvi Mohammad Farooq in the down town, BSF replaced them (CRPF).

However, after the situation improved and elected government took over from more than six year of Governor rule, BSF was again sent to borders and CRPF and local police were deployed.

CRPF personnel, who were also on Amarnath yatra duty besides hundreds of others brought from outside the valley, have also been deployed for law and order in the valley now. It is because of availability of additional security forces, relieved from Amarnath duty, authorities have now imposed day-night curfew and restriction in the valley, including Srinagar, where people complained shortage of essential commodities alleging that security forces are not allowing vegetable vendors and milkmen to enter from outskirts. Earlier, only day curfew was being imposed in the valley, where people were doing business after 1800 hrs till late in the night.

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