Army enters Kashmir’s four worst protest-hit districts


SRINAGAR, September 10:  Trouble-tossed South Kashmir districts of Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and Anantnag, which witnessed the bulk of violence in the last two months, accounting for more than 50 of the 75 deaths now has seen army’s presence for the first time since 2014

Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag reviewed the security situation in the four worst-affected districts, asking jawans to remain vigilant towards the needs of the administration seeking to regain order after weeks of violence and protests that have left thousands of people and security personnel wounded.

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Sources say that even as there is not a lot of enthusiasm for Eid in the valley, there might be every possibility of the situation going spiralling out of control given that section 144 could be in place on the day of the festival.

Locals have blamed the separatists and the last eight weeks of violence for redeployment of the Army.

Gen Suhag also visited the LoC and units in North and South Kashmir. Accompanied by Army brass, he reviewed the security situation and collaborative measures towards ensuring peace in the region, a defence spokesman said.

Meanwhile, Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar said yesterday that the sending in of the forces in Kashmir was not to contain unrest in the valley but to increase the security personnel required to seal the borders.

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