De-induction of additional forces after security assessment: Adv Bhatnagar
30: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Ravi
Rai Bhatnagar said the decision about de-inducting additional forces from Jammu
and Kashmir would be done after proper assessment of the ground situation.
In an exclusive interview to The Kashmir
Monitor, Bhatnagar said situation in the union territory has improved
considerably and the withdrawal for additional forces will keep happening after
assessing the situation.
actually a long process and such adjustments (deployment and withdrawal of
forces) are being done periodically. It
entirely depends on the situation, which has seen a lot of improvement in the
valley now,” Bhatnagar said.
Prior to the
abrogation of Article 370 in August last year, Centre had inducted over 280
companies of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) in the valley. CRPF formed the
biggest chunk of the additional forces that were deployed in Kashmir after
August 5 last year.
December, Ministry of Home Affairs ordered withdrawal of 72 companies of
Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) from Jammu and Kashmir. Of the 72 companies,
24 are from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) while 12 each are from the
Border Security Force (BSF), the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), the Central
Industrial Security Force (CISF) and the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).
A senior security
officer, who wished not to be named, said that withdrawal and arrival of forces
is a continuous process in Kashmir. “It is constantly happening that a
particular company of forces is being replaced by another one. Still the
security situation is being constantly assessed by the top brass and
accordingly the decisions follow,” he said.
On the other side,
advisor to the Lieutenant Governor said the government was focusing on
restoring complete normalcy, which will pave way for the development of the
“The objective of the administration is very
clear to have peace and tranquility in Jammu and Kashmir, which ultimately will
create an atmosphere for development.
New projects and the languishing ones are being taken up on priority
basis to ensure overall development,” he said.
forces are working in tandem to improve law and order in the valley. “Jammu and Kashmir police is working in
collaboration with other agencies to maintain law and order and the results
have been efficient in the valley,” he said.