More forces for violence-hit Valley, 80 additional paramilitary companies to fan out across Kashmir
The security grid engaged in maintaining law and order situation in Kashmir will get a boost in coming days. Over 80 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) will fan out across the Valley to contain the protests.
This includes nearly 40 companies of additional CAPF, which are being rushed to Kashmir and also the 40 companies of the CRPF engaged in securing the Amarnath yatra route, which would be redeployed in parts of Kashmir once the annual pilgrimage is over on August 18.
After the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani that sparked unrest, the Central Government rushed 54 additional CAPF companies to assist the forces stationed in Kashmir to handle the worsening law and order situation.
Inspector General Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Atul Karwal said 25 additional companies of the force were arriving in the Valley and they would be deployed at various places.
“The overall situation is improving and the number of stone-throwing incidents has gone down. However, we are deploying 25 additional companies of the CRPF to ensure peace,” he said.
He said 20 companies of the CRPF which were deployed for the annual Amarnath yatra have already fanned out to various parts of the Valley. There were 60 companies of CRPF, including two mahila companies, deployed in J&K for security during the yatra.
Sources said apart from this, additional 15 Sashastra Seema Bal companies were being rushed to Srinagar.