Army deployed in four worst hit districts

SRINAGAR: Indian Army deployed in rural areas of South Kashmir troubled districts of Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and Anatanag after a gap of two years.

Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag visited Srinagar and other areas to review the internal security situation in the state on Friday. He has asked the jawans to be vigilant and extend all possible help to the administration in bringing back normalcy to the region.

What is noticeable is the fact that both the central and state governments have unanimously decided to redeploy troops in rural areas.

General Suhag also visited the LOC and units in North and South Kashmir.

Violent protests erupted after the killing of the Hizbul militant Burhan Wani by the Indian security forces on July 8, administration is trying to regain order that have left thousands of people and security personnel wounded.

Also at Panaji, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the increased deployment of troops was for anti-terror activities as the “army does not act in internal matters unless asked by the local authority”.

“The local civil administration will have to ask (for) the army there like it happened in Haryana, where the (Jat) agitation took place. When the local administration called the army in, we went there only then and followed the orders of the local administration. We don’t operate anywhere internally on our own,” Parrikar said.

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