More Army For LoC Vigil21 March 2010
New Delhi: Reorientation of troops was being worked out in Jammu and Kashmir with BSF likely to assume role of Road Opening Party (ROP) in certain militancy infested areas and the Army being sent to the LoC amid reports that militants could make more infiltration bids during coming months. A proposal for taking out a battalion of BSF (1,000 personnel) from North Kashmir has been cleared by the Defence Ministry in consultation with the BSF and Jammu and Kashmir Government and would be engaged in Road Opening Party for the movement of troops in various areas, a job which was being undertaken by Rashtriya Rifles. “The units of Rashtriya Rifles were being shifted closer to the border amid intelligence reports that Pakistan-based militant organisations would be making attempts to enter into the Valley from higher reaches in North Kashmir,” official sources said. They said last year around this time, battle-hardened militants had managed to sneak into Kashmir from Gurez and Kupwara and later to other parts of Valley especially Sopore and Tral. Sources said te presence of the Rashtraiya Rifles as the second line of defence would help in close coordination among the various units of the Army deployed along the LoC. “Besides this, the BSF had the expertise in RoP as the para-military force had bore the initial brunt of militancy in early 1990s”. Officials further said another unit of the BSF was also being pooled in for RoP from an Air Force location and was awaiting in-principle approval of defence ministry. The depletion of the forces would be augmented by the Army and in-house security unit of the Indian Air Force. BSF was being pushed in for the RoP as certain battalions of the CRPF was being pulled out of the militancy infested areas for their deployment in Naxal infested areas.