Additional Paramilitary forces deployed in Jammu & Kashmir
Srinagar: The Centre has rushed additional forces of about 10,000 central armed police force (CAPF) personnel and has “urgently deployed” them to further fortify the Kashmir Valley on Sunday. Supreme Court is hearing on Article 35A today, and India is apprehending reactions from Pakistan in wake of Pulwama terror attack.
Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, had said on Saturday that India shall build dams on Ravi, Beas and Sutlej rivers to stop the excess water flow to Pakistan. He even threatened to break the Indus Valley Treaty and stop any flow of water to the neighbouring country. This could one of the reasons.
The withdrawal of security cover for separatist politicians in Kashmir as well as the arrest of members of the Jamaat-e-Islami, a socio-religious group, have also contributed to the Centre’s decision to send the additional forces, said a senior government official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Additionally, the honourable Supreme Court will be hearing from Narendra Modi-led government’s take on Article 35A. The Supreme Court is set to hold an in-chamber hearing on petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the contentious article next week. Ahead of the court date, the Modi government will make an oral mention on the issue during the hearing, but not a written submission.
The tension in the Kashmir valley escalated as locals clashed with the security forces in south Kashmir’s Anantnag. The Police fired teargas shells to disperse stone pelters. Meanwhile, National Conference held a protest demanding that there should not be any changes to the Article 35A.
Article 35A of the Indian Constitution is an article that empowers the Jammu and Kashmir state’s legislature to define “permanent residents” of the state and provide special rights and privileges to those permanent residents.
As of now, about 65,000 CAPF personnel comprising CRPF, BSF, SSB and ITBP are presently deployed in the Valley, apart from the army and J&K police.