NEW DELHI — In view of the recent targeted killings of civilians by suspected militants, the Government of India has decided to deploy around 5,000 additional troops in Kashmir to strengthen anti-militancy operations and boost law and order measures, The New Indian Express reported.
The order, issued on Friday, comes a day before Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s maiden visit to Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of the erstwhile state into two union territories.
Fifty companies of the Central Armed Police Forces comprising CRPF and BSF would be deployed in the valley, according to an official order.
Twenty-five companies of the BSF would be deployed for ‘static guard duties’, while an equal number of CRPF troops would be pressed into aggressive anti-militancy operations. Static guard duties include gate keeping of vital institutions and government buildings.
The last time the BSF was roped in for internal security duties in the valley was in February 2019, ahead of the scrapping of Article 370.
The CRPF Director-General Kuldeip Singh, along with senior officials from other agencies such as the Intelligence Bureau, is already in J&K monitoring the situation after a spate of targeted killings of civilians.
According to sources, the new deployment of paramilitary forces would be spanned over eight districts in the valley and 30 CAPF companies would be posted in Srinagar. One CAPF company comprises 100 personnel.
The first batch of 1,500 CRPF troops will reach Jammu and Kashmir by Saturday, sources said, adding that Indian Army would take care of safe transportation of the troops.
The fresh infusion of forces comes as government forces have cracked down on militant networks and have been carrying out back-to-back anti-militancy operations.