Shailesh Kumar, National Defence
New Delhi, 23 Februaty 2019
Ministry of Home Affairs deploys additional 100 companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) to Kashmir. In a fax message to Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and DGP of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), MHA said, “We have to urgently deploy additional CAPFs in Jammu and Kashmir. It is requested to provide 100 Coys of CAPFs (CRPF-45, BSF-35, SSB-10, ITBP-10) to Govt of J&K with immediate effect and till further orders”.
The fax further says that, “IG (Ops), CRPF is requested to ensure immediate movement of forces in coordination with IG (Ops) of all forces”.
According to sources, the order has come to maintain law and order as hearing on Article 35A in Supreme Court which is likely to take place on Monday.
MHA deploys 100 companies of CAPFs to #Kashmir incl 45 Companies of #CRPF, 35 Coys of #BSF, 10 #SSB 10 companies of #ITBP to Kashmir. The directive passed last eve. @DefenceMinIndia, @SpokespersonMoD, @adgpi, @NorthernComd_IA, @BSF_India, @crpfindia, @ITBP_official, @rajnathsingh
— NationalDefence (@NDIndiaFirst) February 23, 2019
Article 35A empowers the Jammu and Kashmir state’s legislature to define “permanent residents” of the state and provide special rights and privileges to those permanent residents. It was added to the Constitution through a Presidential Order, i.e., The Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 1954 – issued by the President of India on 14 May 1954, exercising the powers conferred by the clause (1) of the Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, and with the concurrence of the Government of the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 15 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.