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Security establishment sources say the central government is also keeping open the option of giving the Army “enhanced responsibilities and powers“, which could include placing paramili tary forces under its direct operational control, if the situation further deteriorates in the valley.
“Security forces have been directed to identify and target the ringleaders behind the violent protests and stone-pelting,“ said a source.
The Army has already pumped in several additional companies into troubled so uth Kashmir from the Jammu region, while paramilitary forces have also been re-deployed to “thicken“ their presence in civilian areas.
“Additional Army troops have been deployed in areas like Qazigund in Anantnag, Tral in Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and the like as part of the overall move to boost the three-tier counter-infiltration grid and counter-terrorism operations,“ said an official.
“The aim is to keep the situation on the boil, not allow state authority to be fully restored in the troubled districts of the valley. Over the last two years, militancy had been being controlled to a large extent. This time, the Pakistan Army-ISI combine is trying to push in as many terrorists as possible across the LoC as well as step-up attempts to recruit locals for militancy ,“ said the source.