Army may take baCk­seat In antI-mIl­I­tanCy oP­er­a­tIons

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

The Army will slowly take a back­seat in anti-mil­i­tancy op­er­a­tions in Jammu and Kash­mir, as the Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Group (SOG) of J&K Po­lice is be­ing pro­vided with all the re­quired train­ing and mod­ern equip­ment to deal di­rectly with mil­i­tants in the state, highly placed sources told this news­pa­per.

Af­ter “Op­er­a­tion All Out” is over in South Kash­mir, the Army, es­pe­cially the Vic­tor Force, with head­quar­ters at Awan­tipora, would only mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion and help the po­lice along with se­cu­rity forces to go for anti-mil­i­tancy op­er­a­tions in South Kash­mir, the sources said. Re­ports said that the SOG wing of J&K Po­lice is cur­rently get­ting all the train­ing re­quired for tak­ing over op­er­a­tions on their own and Gov­ern­ment of In­dia has al­ready sanc­tioned Rs 500 crore for the pur­chase of bul­let proof ve­hi­cles, bul­let proof vests and head gear for all the cops who are in­volved in anti-mil­i­tancy op­er­a­tions on the ground.

At a re­cent high-level meet­ing, the Union Min­istry of Home Af­fairs had not only praised J&K Po­lice for fight­ing mil­i­tants on the ground, but also in­di­cated that in fu­ture, SOG, along with CRPF, would go for anti-mil­i­tancy op­er­a­tions and the Army would be re­quested to help only in those anti-mil­i­tancy op­er­a­tions where they face stiff re­sis­tance from mil­i­tants. Army has been used as a frontal force to com­bat mil­i­tancy in South Kash­mir post Burhan Wani protests. De­spite the “boy­cott call” given by sep­a­ratists not to meet him, the Cen­tre’s in­ter­locu­tor to Jammu and Kash­mir, Di­nesh­war Sharma, has con­veyed to the Huriyat Con­fer­ence lead­er­ship through “some chan­nels of com­mu­ni­ca­tion” that he will “try sin­cerely to look for ways and means for a sus­tained and mean­ing­ful di­a­logue for per­ma­nent peace in Jammu & Kash­mir”. Sharma has con­veyed that he has a free hand to have talks with­out any

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