Has the countdown begun to remove Article-35A from J&K?

Government has deployed 10,000 additional troops in Jammu and Kashmir. After this deployment, There are speculations that the countdown to the removal of Article-35A from Jammu & Kashmir has started. The Modi government has issued an order to send 100 additional companies to Jammu and Kashmir. Two days ago, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval had visited the Jammu and Kashmir and briefed the situation of Kashmir to PMO.

50 companies of CRPF, 30 companies of SSB, 10 companies of ITBP and 10 comoanies of BSF have been deployed in J&K. One company comprises about 100 personnel.

According to IANS, The countdown for the removal of the controversial Article35A in Jammu and Kashmir has started.

In the last three days, the arrival of additional companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) has started. The special plane carrying the CAPF has landed at Srinagar airport in three days. While the convoy carrying additional companies of CAPF are also reaching the state via Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. Due to Amarnath Yatra and security reasons, 40,000 CAPFs personnel of 450 companies of CAPFs are already stationed in the Jammu &Kashmir. This number does not include the strength of the counter insurgency Rashtriya Rifles, which carries out anti-militancy operations in the Valley.

Extra Paramilitary forces are being deployed at the all sensitive installations, including the airport, radio station, Doordarshan Kendra, essential services like hydro-power generation projects, power grid stations, water supplies, hospitals, paramilitary camps and the state police offices.

  • Two days ago, National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval was on a two-day trip to the Valley.
  • Few days ago, Home Minister Amit Shah visited the Kashmir and he held a series of meetings with top officials of both the Centre and the state. 
  • After Amit Shah’s visit, New Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) chief Samant Goel also visited the kashmir He also held several meetings with officials and a few civilians.
  • NIA has increased its magnitude of operation in Kashmir.
  • One of the most experienced J&K police officers, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Munir Khan, has been given a one-year extension.
  • Amit Shah is also meeting number of influential kashmiris in Delhi.
  • Farooq Khan appointed as the new advisor to the Governer Satya Pal Malik. He was the first officer to head the J&K Police’s counter-insurgency wing, Special Operations Group (SOG).
  • NIA has conducted raids in many parts of kashmir.

Former Chief minister of J&k tweeted, “Centre’s decision to deploy additional 10,000 troops to the valley has created fear psychosis amongst people. There is no dearth of security forces in Kashmir. J&K is a political problem which won’t be solved by military means. GOI needs to rethink & overhaul its policy. “

Ex-IAS officer from Kashmir, Shah Faesal is fearing that Central govt is going to remove Article 35A.

However The Home Ministry has said these personnel will be deployed to strengthen the counter-insurgency grid and law and order duties in the Kashmir Valley. Officials said the additional troops are being air-lifted and sent by trains.

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