Guwahati: Following the decision of the Centre to send additional troops to the Kashmir valley ahead of the announcement of the historic decision to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution, altogether 57 companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been shifted from various parts of the Northeast to tackle the security scenario in the valley, said sources.
The Centre had already decided to send an additional 38,000 troops to the Kashmir Valley in two batches — 10,000 and 28,000 — ahead of the announcement of the historic decision by Union home minister Amit Shah in the upper house of Parliament on Monday.
Security sources, on conditions of anonymity, have informed EastMojo that altogether 57 companies of the CRPF from various states of the Northeast have already reached Kashmir valley. Out of the 57 companies, 29 are from Assam alone.
However, to tackle the law-and-order situation in post-NRC (National Register of Citizens) Assam, the authorities concerned are not in a position to take any risks; hence, the 29 companies of the CRPF have been replaced by the same number of companies from the Border Security Force (BSF) in the state.
“It’s a national phenomenon, we have to follow it. But considering the upcoming Independence Day celebrations and, most importantly, to tackle the situation once the NRC is released on August 31, 2019 in Assam we are not in a position to take risk at present circumstances. We are very much happy that these 29 companies of the CRPF have been replaced by the same number of companies from the BSF,” security sources told EastMojo.
It is believed that names of almost four million people will be out of the NRC once the final draft of it is likely to be released by August 31, 2019 following the Supreme Court directive.
Amid heightened tension in Jammu & Kashmir, home minister Amit Shah moved Rajya Sabha on Monday to scrap Article 370 in the state, removing the special status granted to it. The order, which has been signed by President Ram Nath Kovind, comes into force immediately.
Shah’s announcement was immediately followed by massive uproar in the Upper House with Opposition MPs protesting in the Well of the House. Back in the valley, three of Jammu & Kashmir’s most prominent politicians — Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and Sajjad Lone — are under house arrest amid a massive security-built up in the state. Internet services and mobile services have been suspended in several places and all public gatherings are banned in Srinagar district as Section 144 was imposed from midnight.