More Troops Being Rushed To Kashmir

New Delhi : A week after an entire Brigade rushed into the trouble-torn South Kashmir, the government is contemplating to shift two more Brigades to the other parts of the turbulent Kashmir from the Udhampur-based Northern Command headquarters in Jammu.

The need to rush more troops was felt in a high-level fresh review of the prevailing security situation in the Kashmir valley in turmoil since July 8 when militant command Burhan Wani was killed in a security operation. The troops will be rushed from the Jammu region and they will take positions by this month end, the sources said.

The government finds no way to bring the situation under control unless more troops are pumped in to help the local police and the central paramilitary forces to clear the blocked state highways and the interior roads under control of the motivated brigades of the local youth.

The sources refused to confirm whether the two additional Brigades will be deployed in South Kashmir to further fortify the Army’s defenses in the four worst hit districts of Pulwama, Anantnag, Shopian and Kulgam or they would be rushed to more sensitive areas of North Kashmir to plug the ingress routes.

They said the field reports suggest that parts of North Kashmir is equally volatile and needs professional handling, lest it triggers a fresh cycle of violence.

The winter season is approaching and hence the Army has to also concentrate on preventing fresh infiltration attempts from the Pak-occupied Kashmir (PoK) before the mountain passes are closed due to the snowfall in the higher reaches.

Meanwhile, curfew was re-imposed in parts of Srinagar on Saturday after a pellet-ridden body of a 22-year old schoolboy was found in Harwan area of the city previous night. Thousands, however, turned up at his funeral defying the curfew and teargas was fired at the mourners after the funeral.

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