Sunday, January 24, 2021

Kashmir’s Heavy Militarisation, Curbs May Continue Throughout Winters

The Government of India has sanctioned setting up of more than 40 prefabricated huts for paramilitary forces stationed in the Kashmir valley. Additionally, New Delhi has also given a nod to improve the infrastructure in existing private lounges and hotels to keep the paramilitary troops comfortable during harsh winters.

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This move hints at the fact that Kashmir may continue to witness lockdown like situation throughout the winters. This move to provide prefabricated shelters and improved infrastructure for the troops will be implemented in the next few weeks as the winters are imminent.

Prefabricate shelters insulated with Poly Urethane Foam will be for the troops stationed at areas that receive heavy snow during winters.

After the abrogation of Article 370, there has been a heavy deployment of paramilitary forces as well as the army to ensure law and order is maintained in the valley.

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Companies of paramilitary forces were relieved from duties in other parts of the nation and were immediately sent to Jammu and Kashmir to tackle any instances of backlash against the government’s move.

From 31st October, the state of Jammu and Kashmir will be officially bifurcated and thereafter two union territories will be designated.

Keeping in mind the harsh weather conditions in the valley, the Ministry of Home Affairs has sanctioned funds for the purchase of over two lakh coir mattresses for its soldiers.

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