The Indian Army will be deployed in south Kashmir even as the CRPF and the J&K Police are trying to bring in control the ongoing violence in the region ever since the killing of terrorist Burhan Wani. According to reports, the army will be back into “company operating bases” (COBs) in the region, which they had vacated some five years ago.
They are doing this because the violence has emboldened terrorists to carry out attacks across the region.
Reports say that the army will be launching major operations against the terrorists hiding among the protesters especially in the countryside.
Army chief General Dalbir Singh, who is in Kashmir, reportedly told his officers to be ready. He also told his troops to sensitise the youth to eschew violence and assured all support to usher in peace.
But the army will not participate in mob control since it does not use non-lethal weapons.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that the “army does not act in internal matters unless asked by the local authority”. They will be deployed for anti-terror activities.
At the same time, more CRPF personnel will be sent to the Valley especially in south Kashmir region, where the violence has been particularly intense. Kashmir has been witnessing violent protests instigated by the Separatists and backed by Pakistani establishment following the killing of Wani. Normal life in the Valley remains disrupted for 62 days now. Around 76 persons have been killed and thousands, including security force personnel, have been left injured in the unrest.