In an unprecedented move, the Home Ministry on Friday granted approval for the mobilisation of 100 additional companies of security forces in Jammu & Kashmir, fuelling speculation about the Centre planning to unroll fresh measures in Kashmir, reported The Hindu.
“In order to strengthen the Counter Insurgency grid as well as for maintaining law and order situation in J&K, deployment of additional 100 companies of CAPFs are ordered.” An order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs said.
While Jammu and Kashmir already has a deployment of 40,000 paramilitary personnel, the additional 100 companies will mean the addition of 10,000 troops on the ground. Live Mint reported.
The order comes after National Security Advisor Ajit Doval returned from Srinagar this week. He also visited the Amarnath shrine. Speculation around the move is also focused on the removal of Article 35A, which defines state subject laws in the State, The Hindu reported.
President of the J&K Peoples Movement, Shah Faesal said on Twitter, “This MHA communique regarding deployment of additional 100 Coys of CAPF is fueling huge anxiety in Kashmir. No one knows why this sudden mobilization of forces is being done. Rumor is that something sinister is about to happen. Article 35A?”